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NMSU graduate student will present optics research at national conference

Joseph Montoya, a New Mexico State University physics doctoral student, will present his research on non-linear optics at the national conference for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Oct. 7-10 in Portland, Ore.


Montoya is one of 16 graduate students throughout the nation who will give an oral presentation. His research is titled "Laser Induced Silver Fractal Aggregation Growth and Non-Linear Spectral Properties of Silver Aggregates." About 200 other students will have poster displays at the conference.

Montoya, who has a fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said his work with silver aggregate and laser radiation could eventually be used to combat air pollutants.

"Silver aggregate is similar to smoke or soot, so scientists and engineers could eventually adapt a process based on this research," Montoya said.

As a presenter at the SACNAS conference, Montoya will have the opportunity to meet with officials from more than 300 companies attending the conference. The SACNAS National Conference is held annually to provide educational and career opportunities for students and science professionals at all levels.

Montoya is a 1995 graduate of the University of California at Riverside and a 1988 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Riverside.