John Matthewson

M. John Matthewson MA PhD CPhys MInstP

Telephone: 732-445-5933 
Fax: 732-445-4545 
Room: A133 
E-mail : 
Mail: Materials Science and Engineering 
        Rutgers University 
        607 Taylor Road 
        Piscataway, NJ 08854-8065

Photonic Component Reliability Group




1975: BA Hons, Natural Sciences (Theoretical Physics), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. 
1978: PhD, Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. 
1979: MA, Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Professional Career:

1978-80: Science Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK. 
1978-81: Goldsmiths' Junior Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK. 
1981-84: Computer Officer, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, Cambridge, UK. 
1984-85: Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. 
1986-88: Advisory Engineer, IBM Almaden Research Laboratory, San Jose, CA. 
1989-: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, now Professor I.

Research Interests:

  • Strength, fatigue and reliability of optical materials; especially silica optical fibers. Environmental effects on brittle fracture. Statistical aspects of strength and reliability; risk analysis.
  • Development and characterization of mechanical test techniques.
  • Adhesion, friction and wear of ceramic materials. Surfaces forces, adhesion by liquid films.
  • Thin films: mechanial properties, failure mechanisms, stress analysis and adhesion properties. Contact mechanics on bulk and layered materials.

Selected Publications:

G. J. Nelson, M. J. Matthewson & B. Lin (1996) “A novel four-point bend test for strength measurement of optical fibers and thin beams, part 1: bending analysis” J. Lightwave Tech. 14 [4] 555-563. 
M. J. Matthewson, B. Lin & A. P. Stanzeski (1994) “Modeling weak optical fiber using Vicker's indentation” OFC’94 Technical Digest5 245, OSA, Salem, MA, 1994. 
V. V. Rondinella, M. J. Matthewson & C. R. Kurkjian (1994) “Coating additives for improved mechanical reliability of optical fiber” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 77 [1] 73-80. 
M. J. Matthewson (1994) “Optical fiber reliability models” SPIE Critical Review Series CR50 3-31. 
M. J. Matthewson (1994) “Optical fiber mechanical testing techniques” SPIE Critical Review Series CR50 32-59. 
M. J. Matthewson (1988) “Adhesion of spheres by thin liquid films” Phil. Mag. A 57 (2) 207-216. 
M. J. Matthewson & C. R. Kurkjian (1987) “Static fatigue of optical fibers in bending” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 70 (9) 662-668. 
M. J. Matthewson (1986) “Adhesion measurement of thin films by indentation” Appl. Phys. Lett. 49 (21) 1426-1428. 
M. J. Matthewson, C. R. Kurkjian & S. T. Gulati (1986) “Strength measurement of optical fibers in bending” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 69 (11) 815-821. 
M. J. Matthewson (1982) “The effect of a thin compliant protective coating on Hertzian contact stresses” J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 15 237-249. 
M. J. Matthewson (1981) “Axi-symmetric contact on thin compliant coatings” J. Mech. Phys. Solids 29 (2) 89-113. 
M. J. Matthewson & J. E. Field (1980) “An improved strength measurement technique for brittle materials” J. Phys. E: Sci. Instrum. 13 355-359. 
M. J. Matthewson & D. A. Gorham (1980) “An oblique impact anomaly in high-velocity liquid impact on glass” J. Mat. Sci. 15 1518-1520.

Research Students:

Anil Kaza, (732) 445-4536, 
Kuan Wu, (732) 445-4536,


14-150-308 Physics of Ceramics II 
14-150-405 Mechanical Properties of Ceramics 
16-150-514 Mechanical Behavior of Ceramic Meterials II 
16-150-527 Thermodynamics of Ceramic Systems