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Dec. 6, 2007

Flatté, Kleiber named Fellows of the American Physical Society

Michael Flatté and Paul Kleiber, professors in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, have been awarded the distinction of 2007 Fellow of the American Physical Society, the foremost organization of its kind for the advancement of physics.

Flatté, who received his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1992, joined the UI faculty in 1995. He was cited "for contributions to the theory of spin-dependent properties of semiconductors, especially transient and inhomogeneous magnetic and optical properties, and applications to spintronic devices."

His research interests include semiconductor technology and the theory and design of "spintronic" and infrared opto-electronic materials and devices. He currently is researching the technology of spintronics, in which data manipulation and long-term storage may one day be combined in a single computer chip so that data manipulation would be faster and cheaper, leading to a much smaller and more energy-efficient computer.

Kleiber, who received his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1981, joined the UI faculty in 1985. He was cited "for contributions to the study of excited state interactions in ion-molecule clusters and in molecular collisions."

His research involves the development and application of laser-based spectroscopic techniques to probe excited state molecular collision and reaction dynamics. His current research interests also include atmospheric and environmental science, especially laboratory investigations of the optical properties of mineral dust aerosol. Mineral dust aerosol, consisting largely of wind-blown soil, sea salt, and volcanic ash, is an important component of the Earth's atmosphere and may have a significant effect on global climate.

Previously elected American Physical Society Fellows at the UI include: John Goree (2001), Usha Mallik (1996), Robert Merlino (2002), Wayne Polyzou (1998), and Frederick Skiff (1999).

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