Dr. Stephen Remillard

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From 2013 to 2019, Dr. Stephen Remillard was the chair of the physics department. He oversees the Microwave Lab in Vanderwerf Hall, where his research is centered on microwave measurement and microwave induced phenomena. Currently his students are focused on microwave superconductivity, microwave photonic bandgap structures and microwave induced discharges in gases.

Having served on the physics faculties at Grand Valley State University and at Calvin College he came to the Hope College physics department in 2007. Prior to teaching, Stephen worked in private industry, where for several years he served as a senior engineer and director of engineering.

Areas of Expertise

  • Microwave superconductivity
  • Photonic bandgap structures
  • Microwave discharges in gases


  • Ph.D., experimental solid state physics, The College of William and Mary, 1993
  • M.S. physics, The College of William and Mary, 1990
  • B.S. physics and minor in mathematics, Calvin College, 1988


  • Department of Energy, National Science Foundation/Department of Energy Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering, “Generating and sustaining microplasma with microwaves,” $142,902. (2018–2021)
  • National Science Foundation, "RUI: Spatially resolved microwave nonlinearity of superconductors investigated by undergraduates," $181,274 (2015–2018)
  • Michigan Space Grant Consortium and Hope College, "Rutherford Backscattering analysis of exotic new functional thin films," $10,000 (2015–2016)
  • Great Lakes Colleges Association, New Directions Initiative, "Building Bridges in Very Small Places: Nano-Experiences in South Korea," $5,500 (2014)
  • National Science Foundation, "RUI: Superconductivity in the Microwave Regime with Undergraduates at Hope College," $165,000 (2012–2016)
  • Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grant, "Developing Plasma Spectroscopy for Hope College’s Plasma Physics Project with Dual Application to Physics Major Retention," $940 (2012)
  • National Science Foundation, "Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics at Hope College," $187,317 (2010–2013)
  • National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation (funded through the ARRA of 2009), "MRI-R2: Acquisition of Instrumentation to Determine Provenance of Environmental Samples," (Graham Peaslee, PI; Greg Murray and Steve Remillard, co-PIs), $215,180 (2010–2011)
  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement and Hope College, Cottrell College Science Award, "Nonlinear Electrodynamics of Superconducting Thin Films in Microwave Fields," $56,583 (2009–2011)
  • Midstates Consortium for Math and Science, Short Term Consultation, $1,974 (2009–2010)
  • NASA-Michigan Space Grant Consortium and Hope College, "Microwave Induced Stratospheric Gas Discharge and Ozone Production," (Brian Mork, co-PI) $8,600 (2008–2009)
  • Mesaplexx, pty ltd, “Microwave Science and Technology,” $35,000 (2007–2009)

Selected Conference Presentations

  • "High Frequency Breakdown and Plasma Characteristics in Microgap" The 10th International Workshop on Microplasmas, Kyoto, Japan, May 20-24, 2019. 
  • "Near-field Intermodulation Distortion Imaging for Superconducting Device Physics,” 12th International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity, Beijing, China, August 19–24, 2018
  • “Nanoscale Depth Profiling of Thin Films using Rutherford Backscattering of Helium Nuclei,” Invited Talk, West Michigan Nanoscience and Quantum Technology Conference 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 25, 2018
  • "Two-Dimensional Scanning of Intermodulation Distortion in Superconducting Resonators," European Conference on Applied Superconductivity, Geneva, Switzerland, September 17–21, 2017
  • "Rutherford Backscattering and Crystalline Channeling of Helium Ion Beams," Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fall Conference, 2015
  • "Methods of Mapping the Resistive and Inductive Nonlinear Response of Superconducting Microwave Resonators," invited talk HTSHFF (High Temperature Superconductors in High Frequency Fields), Frejus, France, 2014
  • "Hole Concentration Effect on the Microwave Nonlinearity of Tl2Ba2CaCo2O8+/-d Superconducting Thin Films," European Conference on Applied Superconductivity, Genoa, Italy, 2013

Selected Published Works

  • "Local Whole-Device Scanning of Distortion in Superconducting Microwave Resonators," IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 2018    
  • "Relaxation of Microwave Nonlinearity in a Cuprate Superconducting Resonator," IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 2017 
  • "Hole Concentration Effect on the Microwave Nonlinearity of Tl2Ba2CaCo2O8+/-d Superconducting Thin Films," Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2014
  • "Collision And Diffusion In Microwave Breakdown Of Nitrogen Gas In And Around Microgaps", AIP Advances, 2014
  • "Even and Odd Order Nonlinearity from Superconductive Microstrip Lines," IEEE Trans. on Applied Superconductivity, 2011
  • “Effect of LaAlO3 twin-domain topology on local dc and microwave properties of cuprate films," Journal of Applied Physics, 2010
  • "Using a re-entrant microwave resonator to measure and model the dielectric breakdown electric field of gases," Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, 2009
  • "A Review of HTS Thick Film Microwave Filter Technology," Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism, 2006