Dr. Melnichuk’s previous research interests were on the Quadratic (Kerr) Electro-Optic Effect (the effect an electric field has on the optical properties of crystals), a subject in which he got his Ph.D. As a postdoctoral researcher he participated with a biophysics group at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the construction of a two-photon microscope used for in-vivo imaging of energy transfer processes in cell membranes. Further, as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Louisville, he participated in various group projects involving digital image processing, trapping and manipulation of micro-particles with laser beams, optical imaging of nano-needles and laser light guiding through polymer nano-fibers. Since 2008, Dr. Melnichuk has concentrated on teaching introductory physics courses for both life-science/pre-medical and hard-science/engineering classes.
Direct Kerr Electro-optic Effect in Noncentrosymmetric Materials, (M. Melnichuk and L. T. Wood), Phys. Rev. A 82, 013821 (2010).
Determination of Supramolecular Structure and Spatial Distribution of Protein Complexes in Living Cells, (V. Raicu, M. R. Stoneman, R. Fung, M. Melnichuk, D. B. Jansma, L. F. Pisterzi, S. Rath, M. Fox, J. D. Wells, and D. K. Saldin), Nature Photonics 3, 107-113 (2009).
Determining Selected Quadratic Coefficients in Noncentrosymmetric Crystals, (M. Melnichuk and L. T. Wood), J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 1236-1242 (2006).
Method for Measuring Off-diagonal Kerr Coefficients by Using Polarized Light Transmission, (M. Melnichuk and L. T. Wood), J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 377-384 (2005).