Christopher T. Middlebrook

Christopher T. Middlebrook


  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Physics
  • PhD, Optics, University of Central Florida
  • MS, Applied Optics, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Christopher T. Middlebrook is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Michigan Tech. Middlebrook is a member of the IEEE, OSA, and SPIE. He was also an electrical engineer with the Electro-optics Division, NAVSEA Crane, where he served as a research test and development engineer from 1999 to 2003. Middlebrook performed his undergraduate work at Michigan Tech, graduating in 1999 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He performed graduate research work on the design and implementation of a laser rangefinder/designator beam metrology system for beam characteristic analysis through environmental and atmospheric conditions at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, completing an MS in Optical Engineering in 2003. Middlebrook then entered the graduate program at the Center for Research in Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida, where his research was primarily focused on infrared systems. He ultimately completed a dissertation on an antenna-coupled microbolometer phased infrared imager and received his PhD in Optics from UCF in 2007.

Middlebrook has been an assistant professor at Michigan Tech since 2007. His present research interests include visible and infrared imaging systems, integrated photonic devices, optical remote-sensing system design, and optical beam projection through atmospheric turbulence. Middlebrook’s facilities include a 700-square-foot optical research and testing lab, as well as a 500-square-foot teaching optical lab. He has access to the microsystems materials and devices laboratory (MMDL), which is well equipped for fabrication and characterization.

Middlebrook teaches courses and advises both undergraduate and graduate students, primarily within the photonics program at Michigan Tech. Students are trained in the classical areas of physical and geometrical optics as well as in lasers, photonics, and solid-state device physics.

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Infrared detectors
  • Optics
  • Photonics
  • Radiometry

Recent Publications

  • C. Middlebrook, B. Lail, and G. Boreman, "Comparison of air-side vs. substrate-side response on a silicon immersion lens for infrared coupled antennas," Submitted to International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, Jan. 2008
  • W. Yang, M. Roggemann, K. Cooper, W. Buller, N. Subotic, C. Middlebrook, G. Boreman, "The IR antenna pair coupled sensor element and its potential application in wavefront sensing," Submitted to Journal of Infrared and Physics Technology , Dec 2007.
  • C. Middlebrook, P. Krenz, B. Lail, and G. Boreman, "Infrared Phased-array Antenna," Microwave & Optical Technology Letters, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 719-723, March 2008.
  • C. Middlebrook, K. Cooper, W. Buller, W. Yang, N. Subotic, M. Roggemann, and G.D. Boreman, "Measurement of the mutual coherence function of an incoherent infrared field with a gold nanowire dipole antenna array," Accepted for publication in International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves , Vol. 29, pp 179-187, Dec 2007
  • C. Middlebrook, G. Zummo, and G. Boreman, "Direct write electron beam lithography of an IR antenna coupled microbolometer onto the surface of a hemispherical lens," Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures, Volume 24, Number 6, pp. 2566-2569, Nov/Dec 2006.
  • Middlebrook, C., Bunch, R, and Helms, B., "The design and implementation of a laser Rangefinder/designator beam metrology system for beam characteristic analysis through environmental and atmospherc conditions at the crane division Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)" in Laser Systems technology II – Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 5413, pp. 58-69, Sept 2004.
  • Middlebrook, C. and Smith J., "Acqisition-based simulation and modeling for multisensor systems" in Enabling technologies for Simulation Science – proceedings of SPIE, Volume 5091, pp. 471-483, Sept 2003.