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Chad E. Sosolik

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

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

Areas of Research

Condensed Matter Physics

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

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.

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Chad E. Sosolik