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John Colton

Associate Professor

Office: N335 ESC
Phone: (801) 997-0572
Lab: (801) 422-5286
Cell: (801) 358-1970
Teaching Url:

Office Hours

Winter 2020 office hours:

  • for Honors 225: TWThF 10-11 am; in room N335 ESC (my office) except when they conflict with my Physics 442 office hours in which case they will be in room N363.
  • for Physics 442: MWF 9:15-10:45 am in room N363, but only on days when homework is due.

Meetings and Assignments

Winter 2020 meeting schedule:

  • Mon 4-5 pm - occasional department faculty meetings
  • Tues 9-10 am - REU meeting, N232 ESC
  • Thurs 12-1 pm - research group meeting, N288 ESC
  • Thurs 11 am-12 pm - A Cappella Club officers meeting, N209 ESC
  • Thurs 3-4 pm - condensed matter seminar, N288 ESC
  • Fri 4-5 pm - research group meeting, N288 ESC

Professional Bio

B.S. in Physics and B.S. in Mathematics, cum laude, BYU, 1994
M.S. in Physics, U.C. Berkeley, 1997
Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, U.C. Berkeley, 2000
Postdoctoral Researcher, Naval Research Lab, 2000-2003
Assistant Professor, U.W. La Crosse, 2003-2007
Associate Professor, BYU, 2007 - present


Specialty: Optical spectroscopy of semiconductors, with an emphasis in spin properties and semiconductor nanostructures

Research Website:


Theses and Dissertations