Professor Buck is a native of Los Angeles, CA. He completed the B.S. in engineering from UCLA in 1975. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977 and 1982, respectively. His thesis work centered on nonlinear optical four-wave mixing.
At Georgia Tech, Dr. Buck has conducted research in ultrafast switching, radiation of short electrical pulses, nonlinear optical materials characterization, fiber amplifier modeling, and optical soliton propagation, with applications for all in optical communications. He has developed courses and textbooks on fiber optics, nonlinear optics, and electromagnetics.
Dr. Buck's hobbies include music and photography.
- Nonlinear optics
- Fiber optics
- Optical communications
- W. Marshall Leach Outstanding Senior Professor Award, 2014
- Institute W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award, 2007
- Richard M. Bass Outstanding Teacher Award, 2006
- IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000
- IEEE Transactions on Education Best Paper Award, 1999
- Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award, 1985
- Past Chair, IEEE Atlanta Section, 1996
William H. Hayt and John A. Buck, Engineering Electromagnetics, 9th ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 2018.
D.X. Wang, J.A. Buck, K. Brennan, and I.T. Ferguson, "Numerical Model of Wavelength Converters Based on Cross-Gain Modulation in Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers" (Large-Signal Theory), Applied Optics, vol. 45, pp. 4701-4708, July, 2006.
K. -S. Lee, M. C. Gross, S. E. Ralph, and J. A. Buck, "Wavelength Conversion Using N=2 Soliton Decay and Recovery in Fiber, Initiated by Dispersion Steps", IEEE Photon. Tech. Lett., vol. 16, pp. 554-556, February, 2004.
John A. Buck, Fundamentals of Optical Fibers, 2nd ed., Wiley Interscience, Hoboken, 2004.
K. -S. Lee and J. A. Buck, "Wavelength Conversion through Higher-Order Soliton Splitting Initiated by Localized Channel Perturbations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, vol. 20, pp. 514-519, March, 2003.
John A. Buck, "Nonlinear Effects in Optical Fibers," Chapter 3 in the Optical Society of America Handbook, vol. IV, M. Bass, ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 2000. Later reprinted under the same title in Fiber Optics Handbook, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2001.
J. A. Buck, H. Owen, J. P. Uyemura, C. M. Verber, and D. J. Blumenthal, "An Optical Communication Design Laboratory," IEEE Trans. Educ., vol. 42, pp. 138-143, May, 1999 (IEEE Education Society Best Paper Award, 1999).
Last revised January 23, 2019