Jerome Butler, Ph.D.

  Dr. Jerome Butler

Jerome K. Butler, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor

Office Location: 345 Junkins

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  • Ph.D., University of Kansas 
  • MSEE, University of Kansas
  • BSEE, Louisiana Tech University 


Jerome K. Butler was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He received the B.S.E.E. degree from Louisiana Tech University (formerly Louisiana Polytechnic Institute), Ruston, an M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.  He was a Research Assistant and held a CRES Fellowship at the Center for Research in Engineering Sciences, University of Kansas.  He conducted research concerned with electromagnetic wave propagation and the optimization and synthesis techniques of antenna arrays.  He joined the faculty of the School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas where he is now a University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  His primary research areas are solid state injection lasers, radiation and detection studies of lasers, millimeter-wave systems, integrated optics and the application of integrated optical circuits, and quantum electronics.  In 1977 he was given the Southern Methodist University Sigma Xi Research Award. In summers from 1969 to 1990, he was a Staff Scientist, at David Sarnoff Research Center (RCA Laboratories), Princeton, NJ.  During the 1996-97 academic year he was on sabbatical leave with the Photonics and Micromachining Systems Components laboratory at Texas Instruments.  He has held consulting appointments with the Photonics and Micromachining System Components laboratory at Texas Instruments, the Central Research Laboratory of Texas Instruments, Inc., the Geotechnical Corporation of Teledyne, Inc., Earl Cullum Associates of Dallas, Texas and the University of California Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Honors and Awards

  • Member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.
  • He was elected a fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to semiconductor lasers and the radiation characteristics of optical waveguides.


  • Millimeter Wave Devices
  • Semiconductor Lasers
  • Electromagnetics
  • Photonic devices
  • Optical waveguides
  • Optical gratings

Recent Publications

  • Jin Huang, Kent Liu, Jerome K. Butler, Nai-Hsiang Sun and Gary A. Evans, “First-order Grating Coupling Coefficients in Asymmetric Three-Layer Waveguides for Transverse Electric Modes,” IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, pp. 2200-2210, June 2017.
  • Butler, J.K., Martinez, M., Kilci, R. and Evans, G.A., “Optical Properties of Iron to 30 eV.,” Material Sciences and Applications, 12, December, 2021; 622-638.
  • J. K. Butler, N. -H. Sun, and G. A. Evans, “Waveguide characteristics near the second Bragg condition,” IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 102669–102690, 2022, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3208275.
  • Haosen Tan , Weida Zhang, Yudong Chen, Yuhe Xia, Chris Newey, Tso-Min Chou,Nai-Hsiang Sun, Jerome K. Butler, and Gary A. Evans, “Analysis of First-Order Gratings in Silicon Photonic Waveguides,” IEEE PHOTONICS JOURNAL, VOL. 14, NO. 6, DECEMBER 2022, Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/JPHOT.2022.3211456.
  • Haosen Tan , Weida Zhang, Yudong Chen, Yuhe Xia, Chris Newey, Tso-Min Chou,Nai-Hsiang Sun, Jerome K. Butler, and Gary A. Evans, “Corrections to “Analysis of First-Order Gratings in Silicon Photonic Waveguides,”” IEEE PHOTONICS JOURNAL, VOL. 15, NO. 5, OCTOBER 2023, Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/JPHOT.2023.3300223

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