Phone: 406-994-7831
Fax: 406-994-4452
Barnard Hall (EPS) Room 208, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Selected Honors, Awards, and Public Outreach/Service:

  • International Commission for Optics Prize in 1993 
  • Leopold Ruzicka Prize in 1996 
  • Charles and Nora Wiley Award in 1999
  • Cox Award 2003

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Rebane received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the Institute of Physics (now at Tartu University) of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. 1990 - 1996 he was Oberassistent and Privatdozent (lecturer) at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He obtained Habilitation (Venia Legendi) in Physical Chemistry in 1996. In the same year he joined the faculty at the Physics Department of the Montana State University, where he is Full Professor since 2003. He has been a Visiting Scientist at University of Southern California and University of Bayreuth (Germany). 
Member of American Physical Society, OSA, SPIE and European Physical Society. He is a member of the Optical Technology Center (OPTeC) at MSU. 


  • Nonlinear optics
  • Ultrafast time-space holography
  • Spectroscopy of organic materials
  • Biomedical photonics
    • The main biophysics focus of the Dr Rebane Group is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). The PDT project is dicovering ways to cure cancer using laser light. Laser beams of 1 Watt 800nm wavelength 100-femtosecond pulses are used to target cancer cells, the beam being rastered over the surface of the cancer tumors.

Selected Publications:

  1. “Picosecond Time- and Space-Domain Holography by Photochemical Hole Burning,” P.Saari, R.Kaarli, and A.Rebane, J.Opt.Soc.Am.B 3(4), p.527-533 (1986).
  2. “Time-Resolved Holography,” A.Rebane, and Jack Feinberg, Nature 351, May 30, p.378-380 (1991).
  3. “Non-Collinear Parametric Generation in LiIO3 and beta-barium borate by Frequency-Doubled Femtosecond Ti:Sapphire Laser Pulses,” V.Krylov, A.Rebane, A.Kalintsev, D.Erni, and U.P.Wild, Opt. Lett. 20, p.151-154 (1995).
  4. “Femtosecond Time-Space Holograms: Diffraction on the Edge of Time,” A.Rebane, O.Ollikainen, D.Erni, H.Schwoerer, and U.P.Wild, J. of Lumin. 64, p.283-290 (1995).
  5. “Stimulated Raman scattering in Hydrogen by frequency-doubled amplified femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser pulses,” V.Krylov, A.Rebane, U.P.Wild, D.Erni. O.Ollikainen, V.Bespalov, and D.Staselko, Opt. Lett. 21, p.381-383 (1996).
  6. "Femtosecond non-colinear and colinear parametric generation and amplification in BBO crystal," V.Krylov, J.Gallus, U.P.Wild, A.Kalintsev, A.Rebane, Appl. Phys. B, 70, p.163-168 (2000).
  7. “New dendrimer molecules with record large two-photon absorption cross-section,” M.Drobizhev, A.Karotki, A.Rebane, and C.W.Spangler, Optics Lett. 26, p.1081-1083 (2001).
  8. “Efficient singlet oxygen generation upon two-photon excitation of new porphyrin with enhanced nonlinear absorption,” A.Karotki, M.Kruk, M.Drobizhev, A.Rebane, E.Nickel, C. W.Spangler, IEEE J.Selected Topics in Quantum Electron. 7 (6), p.971- 975 (2001).
  9. “Multi-dimensional holography by persistent spectral hole burning,” A.Renn, U.P.Wild, and A.Rebane, J.Phys.Chem. 106, p.3045-3060 (2002).
  10. “FAST CARS: Engineering a laser spectroscopic technique for rapid identification of bacterial spores,” M.O.Scully, G.W.Kattawar, R.P.Lucht, T.Opatrny, H.Piloff, A.Rebane, A.V.Sokolov, and M.S.Zubairy, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 99, 10994-11001 (2002).
  11. “Enhancement of two-photon absorption in tetrapyrrolic compounds,” A.Karotki, M.Drobizhev, M.Kruk, C.W.Spangler, E.Nickel, N.Mamardashvili and A.Rebane, JOSA B 20, p.321- 332 (2003).
  12. “Uncovering Coherent Domain Structure in a Series of pi-conjugated Dendrimers by Simultaneous Three-Photon Absorption.” M.Drobizhev, A.Karotki, M.Kruk, Y.Dzenis, A.Rebane, Z.Suo, and C.W.Spangler, J. Phys. Chem. B (Letter) 108 (14), p.4221-4226 (2004).
  13. "Understanding Strong Two-Photon Absorption in pi-Conjugated Porphyrin Dimers via Double-Resonance Enhancement in a Three-Level Model," M.Drobizhev, Y.Stepanenko, Y.Dzenis, A.Karotki, A.Rebane, P.N.Taylor, and H.Anderson, J. of American Chemical Society, 126 (47), p.15352-15353 (2004).
  14. "Quantum interference in organic solid", A.Rebane, N.Christensson, M.Drobizhev, Y.Stepanenko, C.W.Spangler, Optics Express 13(16), p.6033-6038 (2005).
  15. "Strong Two-Photon Absorption in New Asymmetrically-Substituted Porphyrins: Interference between Charge-Transfer and Intermediate-Resonance Pathways." M.Drobizhev, F.Meng, A.Rebane, Y.Stepanenko, E.Nickel, and C. W. Spangler, J. Physical Chemistry B 110 (20), p.9802-9814 (2006).