Beamline Scientist for the ALS Infrared Beamlines
Deputy Group Leader, Scientific Support Group
Deputy Director, Berkeley Sychrotron Infrared Structural Biology Program
My present research is centered around the ALS Infrared Beamlines. Together with many collaborators, we perform a wide variety of research using this facility. Topics include Condensed Matter Physics, Cellular Biology, Environmental Science, Bioremediation, Forensic Studies, Chemistry, and Materials Science. My earlier research topics included fullerene materials, high-temperature superconductors, giant magnetoresistance oxides, and spin-Peierls compounds.
Recently I have been working to develop an exciting new high-power terahertz source using coherent synchrotron radiation. We proposed a new facility employing this revolutionary THz source called CIRCE. Related to developing CIRCE, I am helping to lead a new Terahertz Science and Technology Network.
I have also been recently working on a novel class of materials called metamaterials. Metamaterials are made of sub-wavelength structures which are designed to have electric and magnetic resonances. These can be tuned to yield negative index of refraction and therefore some very intriguing optical properties.
I am the primary contact person for research at the IR beamlines. If you feel you may have a scientific problem for which the beamlines may be of help, please contact me. In addition to maintaining and upgrading beamline facilities, I am always available to help new users make the most of their infrared reaseach.
I am an author of over 130 research articles (see my List of Publications) and one physics text book, now out in its Second Edition (2009), Solid State Physics: Problems and Solutions by László Mihály and Michael C. Martin. Also see my Citation Profile from Google Scholar.
I enjoy skiing, volleyball, travel, and I am the proud father of twin daughters, Megan and Hannah, born April 1999.
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