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John Asmus

Physics Dept., University of California, San Diego
Research Physicist
San Diego, CA
John F. Asmus is on the Research Faculty of the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego and is associated with the Center for Advanced Nanotechnology. He earned his PhD. From the California Institute of Technology and is the co-founder of the Center for Art/Science Studies at UCSD. In 1990 he was awarded the Rolex Laureate for Enterprise (Polychrome Recovery Of The Qin-Dynasty Terra Cotta Warriors) and became a Fellow of the Explorers Club. He has published 150 articles in professional journals in the fields of lasers, laser applications, photoacoustic spectroscopy, digital image processing, ultrasonic imaging, holography, holographic interferometry, plasma pinch technology, and hypervelocity impact phenomenology. He is the author of 25 patents.

In the decade of the 1960s he was employed by General Atomic Corporation and contributed to the ORION Space Ship, CASABA-HOWITZER, and High-Altitude EMP Programs. In 1967 he became Laser Department Director. During the 1970s he was a Research Staff Member of the Institute for Defense Analyses where he organized and directed studies for DARPA, DDR&E, and JASON on high-energy lasers, Soviet laser technology, chemical and gas-dynamic lasers, high-energy-laser propagation, and the National Laser Laboratory Proposal of the US Presidential Science Advisor.

Over the past forty years, Dr. Asmus has led the art conservation field in the use of 3D holography, lasers, ultrasonics, and digital image processing. He has applied these tools to the problems of divestment, analysis, interpretation, and presentation associated with diverse art conservation activities as well as lunar imaging programs at CALSPACE. He has also been instrumental in the founding of professional art conservation and laser societies. He is a member of UNESCO and EU conservation and preservation commissions on World Heritage Sites including the Parthenon restoration program. He is the Honorary President of the LACONA professional society and is on editorial boards for Springer, Wiley, and Elsevier.