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Walter M. Duncan

Research Professor
ECSN 3.512
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080, USA
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Walter M. Duncan

Research Professor


Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Dec. 1979
Dissertation, "Photoluminescence and Photoreflectance Studies of Electronic and Defect Structure in III-V and Related Semiconductors," under Professor A.F. Schreiner
B.S. Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University May 1974


Before joining The University of Texas at Dallas, Walter M. Duncan was a Manager and Senior Technologist at Texas Instruments Incorporated. At Texas Instruments, Dr. Duncan led activities in components and systems R&D in the DLP® Products Division, in the Components and Materials Research Center, and in the Central Research Laboratory. Dr. Duncan is a prolific inventor (28 Issued US and International Patents) and has a number of papers and invited presentations to his credit.

Dr. Duncan is a Member of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the IEEE Photonics Society and is a Senior Member Optical Society of America. He has received a number of awards for his work in semiconductor technology including Senior Member, Technical Staff (peer recognition for sustained, outstanding technical contributions) and is internationally recognized for work in sensor-based manufacturing research.

While in the Central Research Laboratories of Texas Instruments, Dr. Duncan received Achievement Awards for the "Development of automated spectroscopic ellipsometer for in situ monitoring of film deposition in the advanced vacuum processor" and received an Achievement Award for "Successful Development and Validation of Sensors and Process Controls for HgCdTe Epitaxy."

Dr. Duncan also led materials development for the world's first monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs). This work was recognized by DARPA in '85 with the "Best Technical Breakthrough by a Contractor" for the "Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit." Dr. Duncan also developed much of the sensor technology used in the DARPA Manufacturing Methods Science and Technology (MMST) Program.

Research Interests

Optical Modeling and Design, Solid State Lighting and Solid State Detection, Systems Engineering, High Frequency Electron Devices, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Solid State Chemistry, Engineering Mathematics, Computational Imagery

Current Research

Dr. Duncan's current research focuses on electromagnetic interactions in solid state material particularly those interactions that are measured versus wavelength or frequency and hence are considered spectroscopic methods. Although much of this research is found in the discipline of Physics, Dr. Duncan is focused on applications of the fundamental technology that finds its way into "Commercial-Of-The-Shelf" (COTS) products. To this end, Dr. Duncan is currently investigating methods of Computational Imaging and Photonic Systems in his research, and is applying this research to a number of topics within the area of Biomedical Engineering.