John Burnett is a staff physicist in the Physical Measurement Laboratory at NIST. His principal area of research is experimental studies on the optical properties of solids and liquids, from the visible through the vacuum ultraviolet. A particular focus is on optical materials important for semiconductor lithography. He has also recently been pursuing projects involving UV interferometry for lithography applications, and UV nonlinear optics.
He is a member of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, SPIE, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
His awards include: U.S. Department of Commerce 2000 Silver Medal Award for Scientific Achievement, 2002 Arthur S. Flemming Scientific Award, U.S. Department of Commerce 2002 Silver Medal Award for Scientific Achievement, NIST 2006 William P. Slichter Award. He has been awarded 1 patent.