As part of the Dept. of Science and Math, I am committed to ensuring all Cal Maritime
students receive a background in science and develop a healthy scientific literacy.
As a beneficiary of undergraduate directed research when I was a student, I try to
cultivate an environment where students can engage with scientific research directly,
and always ask “why” questions to learn more about the world we live in.
I am also the campus coordinator of our CSU-LSAMP program. LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance
for Minority Participation) serves to increase the retention and graduation rate for
underrepresented minority (URM) students in STEM fields. The CSU Alliance, in particular,
has been very successful in increasing the graduation rate of URM students in STEM
fields, and many LSAMP initiatives have now been institutionalized across the CSU
as impactful programs that benefit students.
For more information (including eligibility and how to apply), please visit us at
My background is in chemical physics (where physics and chemistry meet at the atomic/molecular
scale). As a theoretical/computational scientist, my research interests address:
- electron correlation in atoms and molecules with few (two or more) electrons, treated
- theoretical studies describing how light can probe the structure of atoms and molecules
- large-scale computing and numerical simulations in atomic and molecular physics, and
My primary collaboration is with the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Theory
team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Via various U.S. Department
of Energy and LBNL fellowship opportunities, as well as National Science Foundation
(NSF) awards, I have mentored and directed Cal Maritime students for summer research
programs at LBNL.
If students are interested in conducing directed research with me, particularly first-
and second-year students with advanced standing in mathematics and/or physical sciences,
please reach out to me to discuss your interests in undergraduate research.
Highlighted publications include:
- R.Y. Bello, F. L. Yip, T. N. Rescigno, R. R. Lucchese, and C. W. McCurdy; “Two-photon
double photoionization of atomic Mg by ultrashort pulses: Variation of angular distributions
with pulse length”; Phys. Rev. A 102, 053107 (2020)
- F.L. Yip, C. W. McCurdy and T. N. Rescigno; “Hybrid Gaussian–discrete-variable representation
for describing molecular double-ionization events”; Phys. Rev. A 101, 063404 (2020)
- R.Y. Bello, F. L. Yip, T. N. Rescigno, R. R. Lucchese, and C. W. McCurdy; “Role of
initial-state electron correlation in one-photon double ionization of atoms and molecules”;
Phys. Rev. A 99, 013403 (2019)
- Z.L. Streeter, F. L. Yip, R. R. Lucchese, B. Gervais, T. N. Rescigno, and C. W. McCurdy;
“Dissociation dynamics of the water dication following one-photon double ionization.
I. Theory”; Phys. Rev. A 98, 053429 (2018)
- F.L. Yip, A. Palacios, F. Martin, T. N. Rescigno and C. W. McCurdy; “Two-photon double
ionization of atomic beryllium with ultrashort laser pulses”; Phys. Rev. A 92, 053404 (2015)
- F.L. Yip, T. N. Rescigno, C. W. McCurdy and F. Martin; “Fully Differential Single-Photon
Double Ionization of Neon and Argon”; Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 173001 (2013)
CHE105/CHE105L – Introductory Chemistry
CHE110/CHE110L – General Chemistry
CHE205 – Chemistry of Plant Processes
ENG210 – Engineering Computer Programming
PHY120 – Physics for Future Leaders