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Chad Sosolik

Chad SosolikAssociate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2001
M.S., Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1998
B.S., Physics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1995

Contact Information
Office: 206 Kinard Laboratory
Office Phone: 864.656.0310

Professor Sosolik’s research group probes the basic physical mechanisms that govern gas-solid and solid-solid interactions at nanometer and atomic length scales. The primary research tools are a scanning tunneling microscope and a hyperthermal energy beamline and scattering chamber. Currently, Professor Sosolik’s research is focused in two areas: (i) gas-surface interactions and (ii) scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The gas-surface work is aimed at understanding the fundamental physics of surface vibrational and electronic excitations using focused beam impacts at above-thermal energies. These excitations play a key role in the development of new sensor technologies. Our variable temperature tunneling microscope system serves as a probe of nanoscale surface modifications created by beam impacts or with the microscope itself. Following the time evolution of these modifications allows us to probe the underlying mechanisms of atomic diffusion. Some current projects include

  • Trajectory Analysis in Hyperthermal Energy Alkali Ion Scattering from Ag(001)
  • Current Production in Thin Film Schottky Diode Devices Under Low and Hyperthermal Energy Ion Impacts
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Tip-Induced Nanofeatures on (111) Surfaces