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Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics
BioAaron Roodman is a professor of Particle Physics & Astrophysics at Stanford’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Trained in experimental particle physics, he spent two decades studying differences between Matter and antiMatter, before turning his research to astrophysics and cosmology. Roodman’s current research focuses on the study of Dark Energy using images from large optical telescope surveys, such as the Dark Energy Survey and the upcoming Legacy Survey of Space and Time. He is also responsible for the assembly and testing of the world’s largest digital camera, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory's LSST Camera.
Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics
BioProfessor Schuster is a theoretical physicist focused on identifying dark matter and its properties, developing concepts for new experimental tests of physics beyond the Standard Model, and studying novel theories of long-range forces. He is also directly involved in several experimental efforts as co-spokesperson for APEX, a founding member and physics coordinator for LDMX, and as a founding member of HPS.
Prospective graduate students interested in research rotations should contact Professor Schuster directly. Recent research directions include new ideas to detect axions, milli-charge dark matter, the use of novel accelerator experiments to search for light WIMP-like dark matter, and generalizations of gauge theories that include massless particles with continuous spin. Publications are listed on INSPIRE.
Professor Schuster is also chair of the Particle Physics & Astrophysics department at Stanford’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, of Structural Biology and of Photon Science
BioThe Skiniotis laboratory seeks to resolve structural and mechanistic questions underlying biological processes that are central to cellular physiology. Our investigations employ primarily cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) and 3D reconstruction techniques complemented by biochemistry, biophysics and simulation methods to obtain a dynamic view into the macromolecular complexes carrying out these processes. The main theme in the lab is the structural biology of cell surface receptors that mediate intracellular signaling and communication. Our current main focus is the exploration of the mechanisms responsible for transmembrane signal instigation in cytokine receptors and G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) complexes.
Edward I. Solomon
Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Photon Science
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsProf. Solomon's work spans physical-inorganic, bioinorganic, and theoretical-inorganic chemistry, focusing on spectroscopic elucidation of the electronic structure of transition metal complexes and its contribution to reactivity. He has advanced our understanding of metal sites involved in electron transfer, copper sites involved in O2 binding, activation and reduction to water, structure/function correlations over non-heme iron enzymes, and correlation of biological to heterogeneous catalysis.
Professor of Photon Science, Emeritus
o1968 Vordiplom in Physics, Bonn University, Germany
o1971 M.S. in Physics, Washington State University
o1974 Dr. rer. nat. in Physics, TU München, Germany
oScientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1976-77)
oSenior Research Associate at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (1977-81)
oSenior Staff Physicist at Exxon Research and Engineering Company (1981-85)
oResearch Staff Member at IBM Almaden Research Center (1985-89)
oManager, Department of Condensed Matter Science, IBM ARC (1989-91)
oManager, Department of Magnetic Materials and Phenomena, IBM ARC (1991-94)
oManager, Synchrotron Radiation Project, IBM ARC (1994-95)
oResearch Staff Member at IBM ARC (1995-99)
oProfessor of Photon Science, Stanford University (2000 – 2017)
oDeputy Director, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) (2000-2005)
oDirector, SSRL (2005-2009)
oDirector, Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) (2009-2013)
oProfessor Emeritus (2017 – present)
Fellowships, Awards, Honors:
oFulbright Scholarship 1969-70
oPostdoctoral Scholarship from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 1975-76
oFellow of the American Physical Society since 1988
oAdjoint Professor in Physics at Uppsala University, Sweden (1993-2000)
oConsulting Professor at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (1994-1999)
oIBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award 1997
oHofstadter Lecture, Stanford University, 2010
oDavisson-Germer Prize 2011 in Surface Physics from American Physical Society
oÅngstrom Lecture, Uppsala University, 2017
Summary of Scientific Work:
My early scientific research focused on the development of x-ray based surface techniques, especially surface EXAFS and NEXAFS, and their use for the determination of the geometric arrangement and bonding of atoms, molecules and thin organic films on surfaces. This work is summarized in my review article “SEXAFS: Everything you always wanted to know about SEXAFS but were afraid to ask” (in X-Ray Absorption: Principles, Applications, Techniques of EXAFS, SEXAFS and XANES, Edits. D. Koningsberger and R. Prins, Wiley, 1988) and my 1992 book “NEXAFS Spectroscopy” (Springer). My later research focused on magnetic materials and phenomena, in particular the study of magnetic thin films, interfaces and nanostructures, and their ultrafast dynamics by use of forefront x-ray techniques. This work forms the foundation of my 2006 book (with H. Siegmann) entitled “Magnetism: From Fundamentals to Nanoscale Dynamics” (Springer). With the advent of x-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) around 2010 my research increasingly focused on the description of x-rays and their interactions with matter within modern quantum optics, leading to my 2023 book “The Nature of X-Rays and their Interactions with Matter”.
In total I have written 3 books, 10 review articles in the form of book chapters and about 250 scientific Journal publications. I hold 5 patents and have given more than 150 invited talks at international scientific conferences, about 100 colloquia at Universities and Scientific Research Institutions, and 3 public lectures on the topic of magnetism and x-ray free electron lasers.