Greg Gbur

Greg Gbur (born June 29, 1971) is an American author and physicist who specializes in the study of classical coherence theory in optical physics.[1] He is a Full Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Department of Physics and Optical Science.[2]

Greg Gbur
Gregory John Gbur

June 29, 1971 (1971-06-29) (age 48)
Alma materUniversity of Rochester
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, Singular optics, Astronomy
InstitutionsUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte
Doctoral advisorEmil Wolf
WebsiteUNC Charlotte: Greg Gbur

Education and careerEdit

Gbur got his B.A. in physics from the University of Chicago (1993), his M.A. in physics from the University of Rochester (1996), and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (1976) under Emil Wolf for the thesis "Nonradiating sources and the inverse source problem".[2][3]

Gbur does research on the merging of singular optics with optical coherence theory.[4] This work is aimed at improving free-space optical communications. He has also been very active in the study of optical invisibility and invisibility cloaks.[5] He has recently applied the techniques of singular optics towards the design of superoscillatory waves for high-resolution imaging.[6][7]

History of scienceEdit

Gbur maintains an active interest in the history of science. He founded and co-moderated the blog carnival, The Giant's Shoulders, that focused on the history of science and which ran from 2008 to 2014.[8][9] He maintains a popular science weblog, Skulls in the Stars, that seeks to elucidate science and its history for the public.[10] Two of his blog posts have been included in "best of online science" books.[11][12] He has contributed to Science Blogging: The Essential Guide.[13]

He has written popular articles for a number of magazines, including La Recherche, American Scientist, and Optics and Photonics News.[14]

Horror fictionEdit

Gbur has written a number of scholarly introductions to classic horror fiction, including John Blackburn's Broken Boy,[15] Nothing but the Night, The Flame and the Wind, Bury Him Darkly, The Face of the Lion, The Cyclops Goblet, and Our Lady of Pain.[16] He also wrote an introduction to Archie Roy's Devil in the Darkness.[17]

Selected publicationsEdit


  • (2011) Mathematical Methods for Optical Physics and Engineering, ISBN 0-521516-10-2
  • (2016) Singular Optics (Series in Optics and Optoelectronics), ISBN 1-466580-77-1
  • (2019) Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics, ISBN 0-300231-29-6



  • G. Gbur, "Nonradiating sources and other ‘invisible’ objects", in E. Wolf (Ed.), Prog. in Optics (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2003).[18]
  • G. Gbur and T.D. Visser, "The structure of partially coherent fields", in E. Wolf (Ed.), Prog. in Optics (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2010).[19]
  • G. Gbur, “Invisibility Physics: Past, Present, and Future”, in E. Wolf (Ed.), Prog. in Optics (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2013).[20]


  1. ^ Academia Greg Gbur
  2. ^ a b Nonradiating Sources and the Inverse Source Problem by Greg Gbur, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester
  3. ^ Curriculum Vitae Greg Gbur, Full Professor, UNC Charlotte
  4. ^ Singular Optics by * Greg Gbur Review by Christian Brosseau, The Optical Society, May 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Greg Gbur: Profile The International Society of Optics and Photonics
  6. ^ M. Smith and G. Gbur, "Construction of arbitrary vortex and superoscillatory fields," Opt. Lett. 41, 4979-4982 (2016)
  7. ^ Gbur, G. (2018). Using superoscillations for superresolved imaging and subwavelength focusing. Nanophotonics, 8(2), pp. 205-225
  8. ^ Chopping down the Beanstalk The Renaissance Mathematicus, May 26, 2014
  9. ^ Alea Iacta Est! The Giant's Shoulders: A monthly blog carnival about classic science papers
  10. ^ Skulls in the Stars The intersection of physics, optics, history and pulp fiction
  11. ^ G. Gbur, “Invisibility physics: Kerker’s ‘invisible bodies'”, in B. Zivkovic, J. Goldman (Eds.), The Open Laboratory 2010 (Coturnix, Chapel Hill, 2010), p. 179. (original online post)
  12. ^ G. Gbur, “Mpemba’s baffling discovery,” in Best Science Writing Online 2012, J. Ouellette and B. Zivkovic, eds. (Scientific American, New York, 2012), 108.
  13. ^ Review of Science Blogging: The Essential Guide by Sarah Boon in Medium, December 1, 2018
  14. ^ Publications Greg Gbur, Dept of Physics & Optical Science, UNC Charlotte
  15. ^ Broken Boy by John Blackburn With a new introduction by Greg Gbur
  16. ^ Books with introduction by Greg Gbur
  17. ^ Devil in the Darkness by Archie Roy with an all new introduction by Greg Gbur, April 13, 2017
  18. ^ Nonradiating sources and other “invisible” objects Review by G. Gbur in Progress in Optics, Vol 45, 2003, pp. 273-315
  19. ^ The structure of partially coherent fields Review by G. Gbur and T.D. Visser in Progress in Optics, Vol 55, 2010, pp. 285-341
  20. ^ Invisibility Physics: Past, Present, and Future Review by G. Gbur in Progress in Optics, Vol 58, 2013, pp. 65-114

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