Kate Bachman

As part of the Plasmonics Group, my research involved design, optimization, and simulation of plasmonic nanoscale devices. The illustration of the spiral structure on this page represents one such design, and is based on RF exponential spiral antennas. Most recently, I developed a genetic algorithm, written in Java to work in conjunction with Comsol Multiphysics for optimization of nanoscale device designs. Former research includes, for example, development of optimization algorithms and computer programs for radiation treatment planning (below), mutual information-based image registration, and development of database and other software applications.


A basic MATLAB GUI that I created for computation of optimal angles and radiation dosage using a segmented 2D, or 3D, images.

Optimized Radiation Dose for Prostate Cancer

simulation software

Ising 2D 400
Towers of Hanoi
Game of Life


  • MS, Applied Mathematics (Operations Research), Thesis, University of Colorado, 2005
  • MBS, Basic Science (Applied Mathematics Option), University of Colorado, 2002
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Colorado, 2000


  • Computational mathematics
  • Theoretical and computational physics
  • Optimization
  • Simulation
  • Plasmonic device design




Department of Physics
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401