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Charles Falco

Charles Falco

Professor
The University of Arizona
USA
Tel: 520-621-6771
Fax: 520-621-4356

Biography

Charles M. Falco holds a Named Professorship -- UA Chair of Condensed Matter Physics -- at the University of Arizona, where he has been a Professor of Optical Sciences since 1992, and a joint appointment in Physics. He received his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics in 1974 from the University of California, Irvine, after which he joined Argonne National Laboratory as Assistant Physicist (1974–77), and Physicist (1977–82) (Group Leader, Superconductive and Novel Materials Group 1978–82). He held visiting positions as Maitre de Recherche (May–July, 1979) and Professeur Invité (May–June, 1986) at the Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, and was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, June–November, 1989. He has served on a number of scientific panels, advisory boards, and review committees for various government agencies and universities, the editorial boards of seven journals, and as a member of organizing, program, advisory, etc. committees of 20 international conferences and workshops. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America, and the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and served two-year terms as Councillor of the APS and Member of the Executive Committee of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the APS (1992–1993), and four years as Secretary/Treasurer of the Forum on International Physics of the APS (1994–1998). Very recently he was a member of the panel that issued the report "Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation" (The National Academies Press, 2013). He has authored or co-authored over 250 papers, six book chapters, six U.S. patents, and co-edited two books, as well as given over 400 invited talks at conferences, research institutions, and cultural organizations in 30 countries.

Research

Charles Falco's principal research interests are the growth (by Molecular Beam Epitaxy-MBE and sputtering), structure (using a wide range of probes, including x-ray and electron diffraction, in situ and ex situ surface probes, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopies, etc.), and studies of the physical properties of metallic superlattices and ultra-thin films, including research on magnetism, superconductivity, x-ray optics, elastic properties, and nucleation and epitaxy of thin films, as well as computerized image analysis.