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Michael LaCount

  • Physics
  • Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, CO 80401


  • Colorado School of Mines
  • B.S. Engineering Physics, 2008-2012
  • M.S. Applied Physics, 2012-2014
  • Ph.D. candidate Applied Physics, 2014-present


  • I am a condensed matter and AMO physicist with expertise in excited state electronic structure calculations and high performance computing. Coupled with significant experience in electromagnetics within a second quantized setting, I have had the opportunity to combine theory and computation to explore the fundamental nature of light-matter interactions within realistic material settings.
  • My long-term interests lie in the general area of solar energy harvesting, specifically the exploration of ways in which the solar spectrum can be more efficiently utilized in photovoltaic devices.
  • My dissertation research has focused on three-body singlet upconversion, a process known as Energy Pooling, in free-standing thin films and in films enclosed within nano cavities. As a collaboration with experimentalists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and University of Colorado, this work has taught me to work both independently and as a member of a team, and I particularly appreciate the synergy that can be achieved when theory and experiment are properly coordinated.


  • LaCount, M., D. Weingarten, N. Hu, S. E. Shaheen, J. van de Lagemaat, G. Rumbles, D. M. Walba and M. T. Lusk, Energy Pooling Upconversion in Organic Molecular Systems, Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119 4009-4016 (2015) 10.1021/acs.jpca.5b00509 Cover Article, arXiv: 1503.07246
  • LaCount, M. and M. T. Lusk, Electric Dipole Coupling in Optical Cavities and Its Implications for Energy Transfer, Upconversion and Pooling, Physical Review A 93, 063811 (2016) 10.1103/PhysRevA.93.063811, arXiv: 1602.09048v3
  • LaCount, M. and M. T. Lusk, Improved Energy Pooling Efficiency Through Inhibited Spontaneous Emission, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (15), 8335-8344 (2017) 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b01693, arXiv: 1704.02382