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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
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Dr. Charles Bruce, Optics

Department of Physics

Office: Gardiner Hall 260

New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM

Phone: 575-646-1931
Phone: 575-646-1610, Lab Phone

FAX: 575-646-1934

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Charles Bruce


Charles W. Bruce is Research Professor at the Physics Dept., New Mexico State University. He received a B.A. in Physics from Union College, Schenectady in 1959 and both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from New Mexico State University (1968 and 1970).

His initial research was in laser induced plasmas and development of pulsed laser instrumentation at Kirtland AF Base in the early 1960s. From 1971 to 1995 he was employed at the US Army Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory. From 1984 to the present he has also been a College Professor at the Physics Dept. at NMSU (initially through the Intergovernmental Personel Act (IPA)). Other research areas have been b) radio frequency excited low density plasmas, c) air contamination research on both sides of the USA-Mexico border and d) molecular and particulate spectroscopy with current emphasis on electromagnetic interactions with specific particulate shapes and materials across the spectrum. Each of these efforts have produced publications. A number of new techniques are described in publications and patents.