Administrative Contact: Judy Winstead (General Assistant)
Each year the Physics Department and its faculty host a number of undergraduates in its Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The students are selected from approximately 450 applicants. The program is funded by an NSF Grant (with Dmitri Basov and Hans Paar co-PIs).
Besides working hard in the labs and attending seminars and workshops, the students also take the Physics of Sailing course. The course consists of a classroom lecture and a laboratory component that takes place on the San Diego Bay in a 42' Catalina sailboat. The photograph shows the students, Charmaine Samahin and her husband Randy, and the instructor (Hans Paar).
He joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego as an Assistant Professor in 1997 and was promoted to Professor in 2001. At present, he serves as the Chair of the Physics Department.Throughout his career, Basov has developed and used various infrared techniques to investigate novel electronic and magnetic phenomena in a wide variety of materials including high-Tc superconductors, transition metal oxides, ferromagnetic semiconductors, organic materials, and - most recently - graphene. A leitmotif of his research is to explore optical phenomena originating from many body effects and electronic correlations. Basov is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2005). He was awarded the Ludwig Genzel prize in 2004 and the Humboldt Research Prize in 2009.