Dr. Christian G. Parigger

Associate Professor of Physics
University of Tn Space Institute
Tullahoma, TN 37388-9700

Phone: (931) 393-7338/509
email:  cparigge@tennessee.edu

 University of Tennessee Space Institute, Center for Laser Applications https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1286-7405, g-index: 33, h-index: 21, i10-index: 42

  • Professional Preparation.
University of Innsbruck, Austria Physics 1st Diploma  (B.Sc.) 1979
University of Innsbruck, Austria Physics Mag. rer. nat. (M.Sc.) 1982
University of  Otago, New Zealand Physics Ph. D. 1986
University of Innsbruck, Austria Physics Dr. rer. nat. 1987
  • Appointments.

1996–present                Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee

1999-2002                   Acting Director for Computer Services and Information Technology, UTSI

1993-1996                   Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee

1991-1993                   Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Physics, University of Tennessee

1989-1991                   Research Associate, University of Tennessee Space Institute

1987-1989                   Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tennessee Space Institute

  • Products.

(i) Products most closely related

  • Parigger, C.G. (2006). Laser Induced Breakdown of Gases: Theory and Simulation. Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS): Fundamentals and Applications, Chap. 4, Eds. A.W. Miziolek, V. Palleschi, I. Schechter, Cambridge University Press, 171-193.
  • Hornkohl, J.O., Nemes, L., Parigger, C.G. (2011). Spectroscopy of Carbon Containing Diatomic Molecules. Spectroscopy, Dynamics and Molecular Theory of Carbon Plasmas and Vapors, Advances in the Understanding of the Most Complex High-Temperature Elemental System, Eds. L. Nemes, S. Irle, World Scientific, pp 113–169.
  • Parigger, C.G., Woods, A.C., Hornkohl, J.O. (2012). Analysis of time-resolved superposed atomic hydrogen Balmer lines and molecular diatomic carbon spectra. Applied Optics 51, pp B1-B6.
  • Parigger, C.G. (2013). Atomic and molecular emissions in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 79-80, 4-16.
  • Parigger, C.G., Surmick D. M., G. Gautam, A. M. EL Sherbini (2015). Hydrogen alpha laser ablation plasma diagnostics. Optics Letters 40, 3436-3439.
  • Gautam, G., Parigger C.G., Helstern C.M., Drake, K.A. (2017). Emission spectroscopy of expanding laser-induced gaseous hydrogen–nitrogen plasma. Optics Letters 56, 9277-9284.

(ii) Other significant products

  • Chen, Y. L., Lewis, J. W. L., Parigger, C. G. (2000). Spatial and Temporal Profiles of Pulsed Laser-Induced Air Plasma Emissions. of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 67, 91–98.
  • Parigger, C.G., Dackman, M., Hornkohl, J. O. (2008). Time resolved spectroscopy measurements of hydrogen alpha, beta, and gamma emissions. Applied Optics 47, G1-G6.
  • Parigger, C.G., Hornkohl, J. O. (2011). Computation of AlO B2Σ+ ® X2Σ+ Emission Spectra. Spectrochimica Acta, Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 81, 404–411.
  • Parigger, C.G., Woods, A. C., Witte, M. J., Swafford, L. D., Surmick, D.M. (2014). Measurement and Analysis of Atomic Hydrogen and Diatomic Molecular AlO, C2, CN, and TiO Spectra Following Laser-induced Optical Breakdown. of Visualized Experiments 84, E51250.
  • Zuhlke C.A., Bruce J., Anderson T.P., Alexander D.R., Parigger C.G. (2014). A fundamental understanding of the dependence of the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) signal strength on the complex focusing dynamics of femtosecond laser pulses on either side of the focus. Applied Spectroscopy 68, 1021-1029.
  • Parigger, C.G., Woods, A.C., Surmick, D.M., Gautam, G., Witte, M.J., Hornkohl, J.O. (2015). Computation of diatomic molecular spectra for selected transitions of aluminum monoxide, cyanide, diatomic carbon, and titanium monoxide. Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 107, 132-138.
  1. Synergistic activities.


  1. Multidisciplinary research and education activities at The Center of Laser Application (CLA), including active collaborations and technology transfer with other faculty members of Physics, Mathematics, Engineering Science, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering in the areas of plasma and combustion science and laser materials processing;
  2. Space Propulsion: Research in the areas of laser- thermal propulsion, arc-jet propulsion, ion engines, and hypersonic phenomena. Develop diagnostics methods for various flow fields of a variety of gaseous fuels. Laser- and optical- spectroscopic techniques were applied to investigate the plasma state of the sources, and design computational models for predictions and comparison with the experimental results;
  3. Laser-Ignition of Combustible Mixtures: Laser ignition has been developed with the objective of replacing spark igniters of gas-turbine engines with laser-ignition systems. Laser-spectroscopic characterization of the breakdown and ignition events has been performed for a wide range of fuels and radiative source conditions;
  4. Collaboration with other scientists in the use and application of laser spectroscopy for both fundamental studies and subsequent application to laser ignition, optical breakdown studies, and also applications to Biophysics, Ophthalmology, cardiac tissue modeling, and nano-scale science and engineering; Moreover, Chair and Editor of the Proceedings for 22nd International Conference on Spectral Line Shapes (ICSLS) in Tullahoma, TN 37388, during June 1-6, 2014
  5. Active teaching includes over 45 courses during the last 5 years, and participation in promoting doctoral research students within the scientific community by means of, for example, seminars, workshops, science camps, and conference participations.
  6. Collaborators & other affiliations.

(i) Collaborators


Walter Gill                               Sandia National Laboratories

AB Donaldson                         New Mexico State University

Jim O. Hornkohl                       Hornkohl Consulting, Tullahoma, TN

Eugene Oks                              Auburn University

Alessandro De Giacomo           University of Bari, Italy

Jacqueline Johnson                   University of Tennessee Space Institute

Susan Allen                              Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

Dennis Alexander                     University of Nebraska, Lincoln


(ii) Graduate and Postdoctoral advisors


Peter Zoller                               University of Innsbruck, Austria (Mag.rer.nat degree)

Wes J. Sandle                           University of Otago, New Zealand (Ph.D. experiment)

Rob J. Ballagh                          University of Otago, New Zealand (Ph.D. theory)

Jim W.L.Lewis                         University of Tennessee (Postdoctoral advisor)


(iii) Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor


Thesis/Dissertation advisor and/or association, to name but a few: P. Jeleva (MSc, PhD), I. G. Dors (MSc, PhD), G. Guan(MSc, PhD), D. Plemmons (MSc, PhD), Y. Chen (PhD), Y. Tang (PhD), M. Dackman (MSc), J. Labello (PhD), J. Ogle (MSc,PhD), Alexander Woods (MSc,PhD), William Ring (MSc),  David Surmick(MSc,PhD), Michael Witte(MSc), Lauren Swafford (MSc), Ghaneshwar Gautam(PhD). GRA students advised/committees: 50+ MSc and PhD (11 PhD Major Advisor, 21 PhD Research Advisor). Number of post-doctoral scholars with others in the Center for Laser Application: 9.