Prof. Swartzlander is currently exploring experimental and theoretical topics in the field of physical optics (imaging, flying by light, optical vortices, polarization, coherence). These include sub-resolution imaging, high contrast imaging, vortex phenomena, solar sailing, and radiation pressure forces and torques. He has conducted pioneering research on the optical vortex coronagraph, optical vortices, solitons, coherence theory, optical tweezers, and optical lift. He joined RIT in 2008 after appointments at the University of Arizona, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the US Naval Research Lab.
• Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Optical Society of America B (2013 - Present)
• Optical Society of America Fellow (2003)
• NASA NIAC Fellow (2011, 2012, 2018)
• Cottrell Scholar (1996)
• NSF Young Investigator (1994)