Curriculum Vitae

Jean Toulouse
Work Address: Physics Department
16 Memorial Drive East, Room 208
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Tel: (610)758-3960 
Fax: (610)758-4561 


  • 1982 : Ph.D. in Solid State Science , Columbia University, New York
  • 1977 : Masters in Solid State Science , Columbia University, New York
  • 1971 : Masters in Economics , Université Paris II (France)

Professional Experience:

  • Spring/Summer 2002: Visiting Professor, Optoelectronics Group, University of Bath, UK.
  • Fall 2001: Visiting Scientist, Lucent Technologies/Holmdel, Advanced WDM Transmission
    Group, NJ.
  • Summer 2000: Visiting Professor, Université de Bordeaux, France.
  • 1996-1997June: Program Director, Condensed Matter Physics, the National Science Foundation, Washington DC.
  • Summer July 1995: Visiting Professor, Université du Maine, Les Mans, France.
  • 1994-Present: Professor of Physics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.
  • Summer 1993: Guest Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY.
  • 1992-1993: Visiting Professor, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI).
  • Research: Département de Recherches Physiques, Laboratoire d'Acoustique et d'Optique de la Matière Condensée, Collaboration longue durée, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (L.L.B.), C.E.A., Saclay
    Teaching: D.E.U.G. - M.P.C. - 1st year, Université de Versailles-Saint Quentin.
  • Summer 1989: Guest Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY.
  • 1989-93 : Associate Professor of Physics , Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.
  • 1984-89 : Assistant Professor of Physics , Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA .
  • 1982-84 : Research Associate , Columbia University, NY.
  • Fall 1982: Guest Scientist , Université Pierre et Marie Curie (U.P.M.C.), Paris.
  • 1975-82 : Ph.D. Studies , Columbia University, NY.
  • 1973-75 : USINOR Steel Co., New York Office (Computerization and managememt of customer files, sales).
  • 1971-73 : French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), In-Service Training (Organization of training sessions, preparation of internal exams for promotion, teaching of Economics).

  Academic Achievements and Awards:

  • Over 130 publications in condensed matter physics and photonics.
  • Major contributions include: structure and vibrational properties of modified tellurite glasses for optical applications, polarization properties of SBS (Stimulated Brillouin Scattering) in fibers, evolution and control of distributed SRS (Stimulated Raman Scattering) in fibers, experimental evidence for the presence of polar nanoregions in relaxor ferroelectrics, microscopic model for relaxor ferroelectrics, observation and explanation of characteristic dielectric resonances in these ferroelectrics.
  • Launched with two faculty colleagues the Lehigh Optical Communications Initiative, an NSF funded interdisciplinary photonics program, which has led to the creation of The Center for Optical Technologies.
  • Leader of a major All Optical Functionalities Thrust which involved 10 faculty (5 at Lehigh Univesity and 5 at Penn State) and approximately 20 graduate students and post/docs/visiting scientists.
  • Launched a NSF funded interdisciplinary group for the study of complex systems with a faculty colleague in cognitive science.
  • Member of the Sigma Xi Research Society.
  • "Knight of the Order of Academic Palms", bestowed by the French Minister of Education and Research (Fall 1999).

Research Topic:

  • Nonlinear Optics in glasses and optical fibers (e.g. stimulated Raman and

    Brillouin Four Wave Scattering ) in photonic crystal fibers.  

  • Development of new optical tellurite fibers.
  • Experimental and theoretical studies of structural and ferroelectric
    phase transitions in disordered and partially ordered crystals (phonon dynamics
    and localized vibrations in relaxor ferroelectrics).
  • Low frequency vibrational dynamics and slow relaxations in glasses (relationship

    between structural and dynamical features on different length and time or 
    frequency scales, e.g. Boson peak) and the Liquid-Glass transition in strong and
    fragile glasses.

Experimental Techniques used include:

  • Fiber optics, Raman and neutron scattering, polarization, dielectric and ultrasonic spectroscopies, cryogenics.


  • Partner with Fibertek Inc., Optical Fiber Fabrication Processes, 2009-present.
  • Partner with Lehigh Energy Initiative, Lehigh University, 2009-present.
  • Partner with the University of Urumqi, China, 2009-2010.
  • Partner with Virginia Tech, Materials World Network Nanoscale, 2008-2011.
  • Partner with MIT in collaboration with Keith Nelson on Phonon-Polariton Spectroscopy of the Relaxor Ferroelectric KTN, 2009.
  • Partner with the Laboratoire Leon Brillouin (France), Neutron Scattering Studies of Relaxor Ferroelectrics, 2007 - present.
  • Partner with NIST, Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, MD, Neutron Scattering Studies of Relaxor Ferroelectrics. 2007 - present.
  • Partner with Franz Josef Stefan Institute, Lubljana (Slovenia), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Relaxor Ferroelectrics. 2007.

Other Professional Activities :

  • Member of Physics Search Committee, Lehigh University, 2010-present.
  • Coordinator of the Physics Colloquium, Lehigh University, 2009-present.
  • Member of the Faculty Compensation Committee, Lehigh University, 2009-present.
  • Organizer of Special Joint Symposium CLEO/QELS on "Slow Light and Applications", 2009.
  • Served on the abstract selection subcommittee 11 for the Conference on Lasers and ElectroOptics, CLEO, 2006- 2009.
  • Committee member for the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) organized by the Optical Society of America. 2006-2009.
  • Chairman of the CAS (College of Arts and Sciences) Policy Committee, Lehigh University, 2006-2007 and Policy Committee Member of CAS, 1991-1993, 2004-2006.
  • Thrust Leader of one of the two major teams in COT, the "All Optical Functionalities" (AOF), Lehigh University and Penn State. 2000-2006.
  • Freshmen Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences, Lehigh University, 2003-2005.
  • Organizer of the Fall Special Optics Colloquia, Center for Optical Technologies (COT), Lehigh University, 2005.
  • Initiator and Organizer of the Lehigh Optical Communications Initiative (1997-2000) now Lehigh Center for Optical Technologies (COT).
  • Organizer of a Conference on "Practical Implications of Glass Structure", Lehigh University, July 1997.
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Non-Chrystalline Solids,1997, J. Phys. Chem. Solids,1994, Ferroelectrics 1991.
  • Graduate Student Advisor, Physics Department, Lehigh University, 1993-1996.
  • Graduate Research Committee, Lehigh University, 1993-1996.
  • Coordinator of the "Sherman Fairchild Lecture Series" , Lehigh University, 1987-1991.
  • Organizer of the first Williamsburg Workshop on "Fundamental Experiments in Ferroelectrics", Williamsburg, U.S.A, 1991 (now in its 21th year).


  • American Physical Society
  • Optical Society of America
  • Materials Research Society
  • American Ceramic Society (glasses and optical materials)
  • Sigma Xi Honor Research Society.

Referee for :

  • Physical Review
  • Journal of Condensed Matter Physics C (UK)
  • Physical Review Letters
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America, JOSA B
  • Optics Communications
  • Journal of Applied Physics
  • Journal de Physique
  • Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
  • Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
  • Journal of the Accoustical Society of America
  • Solid State Communications
  • Ferroelectrics
  • Optics Letters
  • Photonics Technology Letters
  • Journal of Lightwave Technology

Reviewer for the Following Agencies:

  • NSF - Division of Materials Research and Division of Electrical Engineering
  • DOE - Basic Energy Sciences
  • ONR


  • President of the Alliance Française of the Lehigh Valley,1987-1991.


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