Drew Morrill

  • Program Year: 1
  • Academic Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
  • Field of Study: Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Margaret Murnane
  • Practicum(s):
    Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Physics, Brown University, 2013

Summary of Research

I use sophisticated tabletop laser systems to probe the structure and temporal dynamics of a variety of materials. In particular, I am interested in magnetic materials and an exotic state of matter known as warm dense matter. I am also interested in the fundamental light science which enables us to see very small nanoscale structures and witness very fast events that occur over femtoseconds. For instance, my research group utilizes a non-linear optical process known as high-harmonic generation to convert visible pulses of light to ultrafast bursts of coherent short wavelength radiation. This novel light source is a window into a host of incompletely understood systems.



MORRILL D, Li D and Pacifici D. Measuring subwavelength spatial coherence with plasmonic interferometry. Nature Photonics. 10. 681-687 (2016).

Folpini G, MORRILL D, Somma C, Reimann K, Woerner M, Elsaesser T, Biermann K. Nonresonant coherent control: Intersubband excitations manipulated by a nonresonant terahertz pulse. Physical Review B. 92. 085306 (2015).

Woerner M, Somma C, MORRILL D, Folpini G, Reimann K, Elsaesser T, Biermann K. Control of Coherent Intersubband Excitations by a Nonresonant THz Pulse. CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science. Conference proceeding (10 May 2015).

Klara K, Hou N, Lawman A, Wu L, MORRILL D, Tente A, Wang LQ. Developing and Implementing a Simple, Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Laboratory in Introductory Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education. 91. 1924-1928 (2014).

MORRILL D. Plasmonic Enhancement of Nonlinear Fluorescence in Quantum Dots. University of New Mexico Nanophotonics REU Program, Final Report (2012).


"Ultrafast photoelectron spectroscopy on gas-phase nanoparticles." MORRILL D. JILA (NIST/University of Colorado) PosterFest. 19 October 2017. Boulder, CO, USA. (Poster).

"Quantifying Very Low Spatial Coherence with Plasmonic Interferometry." MORRILL D. Materials Research Society Conference: Resonant Optics. 25 April 2014. San Francisco, CA, USA. (Delivered talk on behalf of my advisor, and presented related poster).



- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2018, declined)
- NSF-STROBE Grand Challenge Winner: 4-person team won $2,500 for optics related science outreach in schools (2017)
- 98th percentile of physics teaching assistants (2017)
- Best Poster Prize, Symposium II, MRS Spring 2014 Meeting, San Francisco (April 2014)
- Departmental Honors, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics, Brown University (May 2013)
- Leallyn Clapp Prize for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis in Chemical Physics, Brown University (May 2013)
- Junior Award in Chemical Physics, Department of Chemistry, Brown University (May 2012)
- Nanophotonics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Grant, NSF (February 2012)
- Eagle Scout (June 2009)
- Washington State Scholar (April 2009)