Winston was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended Eastern Hills High School and graduated valedictorian in 1979. He entered college at Texas Christian University on full scholarship and later transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, finishing his Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1983. Winston entered graduate school there on a Welch Fellowship and earned his Doctorate in with a specialty in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. His dissertation was titled “A Time and Wavelength Resolved Study of Xenon-Chlorine Reactive Quenching.”
Winston’s industrial career was spent mostly in ten years work growing and studying nano-scale, self-ordering optically active thin films, specifically polarizing films for the visible and near infrared spectral regions. These films were primarily aluminum and silver and associated composites. The work was done at Integrated Photonics and at its parent company, Polatomic, where Winston also worked on optical detection systems for ultra-sensitive (pico-tesla) magnetometers. Study of the surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of the above polarizing films led to collaboration with the Nano Tech Institute, which he joined in February 2005.
Deactivation of two-photon excited Xe(5p56p,6p',7p) and Kr(4p55p) in xenon and krypton. Whitehead, C. A.; Pournasr, H.; Bruce, M. R.; Cai, Hong; Kohel, J.; Layne, W. B.; Keto, John W. Journal of Chemical Physics (1995), 102(5), 1965-80.
Harpooning reactions of excited rare gas atoms. Keto, J. W.; Layne, W. B.; Bruce, M. R. Dep. Phys. Gas-Phase Met. React. (1992), 435-66.
Radiative lifetimes and collisional deactivation of two-photon excited xenon in argon and xenon. Bruce, M. R.; Layne, W. B.; Whitehead, C. A.; Keto, J. W. Journal of Chemical Physics (1990), 92(5), 2917-26.
Reactive quenching of two-photon excited xenon atoms by molecular chlorine. Bruce, M. R.; Layne, W. B.; Meyer, Enno; Keto, J. W. Journal of Chemical Physics (1990), 92(1), 420-7.
A multichannel harpoon model for reactive quenching of xenon 5p5np by molecular chlorine. Bruce, M. R.; Layne, W. B.; Keto, J. W. Journal of Chemical Physics (1990), 92(1), 428-36.
High Performance Nano-Polarizer for Optical Fiber Components , 2003. NSF Final Report, Submitted per Announcement No. NSF 02056
Metal Film Polarizers for Integrated Optical Fiber Devices , IEEE Conference on Lasers and Electlo-Optics, 1999
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