Charles M. Falco

University of Arizona, USA

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. He received his Ph.D. degree in experimental condensed matter physics in 1974 from the University of California, Irvine, after which he joined Argonne National Laboratory as an Assistant Physicist, 1974–1977, and Physicist, 1977–1982, and Group Leader of Superconductive and Novel Materials Group, 1978–1982. 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, and as a member of committees of 20 international conferences and workshops. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Optical Society of America. Falco's principal research interests are the growth and structure, and studies of the physical properties, of metallicultra-thin films, including research on x-ray optics, magnetism, superconductivity, elastic properties, and nucleation and epitaxy, as well as computerized image analysis. He has coauthored over 275 papers, six book chapters, six patents, and coedited two books. Moreover, he has given over 140 invited talks at conferences in 22 countries and over 190 seminars at research institutions in 14 countries. In addition to his scientific research, he served as Cocurator for an award-winning design exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and collaborated with the artist David Hockney to discover scientific evidence which demonstrates that optics were used by certain artists for projecting images as early as the onset of the Renaissance.

Biography Updated on 15 January 2008

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