I am the Ellis & Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake University. My degrees include a diploma (Master degree), a Dr. rer. nat. (PhD), and a "Habilitation" (venia legendi) from the University of Muenster (Germany).
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Here are the slides from the GEC 2012 Foundation Talk.
My teaching responsibilities include courses for students majoring in physics, as well as courses for non-physics majors, such as chemists, biologists and pre-med students. In the Spring 2014 semester, I will be on sabbatical.
My research interests concentrate on theoretical and computational physics, particularly in the area of Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics. This work is currently sponsored by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) under grants PHY-1068140 and PHY-1212450. These grants allow for extended collaborations with other research groups in North America, Europe, and Australia. In addition, our group enjoys extensive supercomputer support through the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program of the NSF.
Here are links to papers published in 2013. All my publications and presentations can be found searching my Curriculum Vitae.
Research participation by undergraduates is sponsored through the REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program of the NSF. Example projects include:
Generation of Mathematica animations to show the charge distribution of collisionally excited states. Click here for details.
Excitation and ionization of atomic hydrogen by electron impact within the Temkin-Poet S-wave model. Click here for details.
Excitation, dissociation, and ionization of H2+ by a strong laser pulse. Click here for details.
Ionization of atomic hydrogen by strong infrared laser fields. Click here for details.
I have co-authored the book Polarization, Alignment, and Orientation in Atomic Collisions (Springer, New York, 2001) and edited the book Computational Atomic Physics: Electron and Positron Scattering from Atoms and Ions (Springer, Heidelberg, 1996).
In addition to serving as referee for many professional journals and grant agencies in the United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Australia, I was the Secretary of the International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions (ICPEAC) and a member of their Executive and General Committees from 2001 - 2007. From 1998 - 2000, I chaired the Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Community (TAMOC) , a forum for communication among AMO theorists and with the AMO community at large. The group is recognized by the Americal Physical Society (APS) within the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) . From 2006 - 2010, I served as the Treasurer of the Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC) .
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On the personal end, I am married to Teresa E. Bartschat, a graduate from York University (Toronto, Canada). We have a son (Nicholas Ian Richard, born on June 22, 1995) and a daughter (Erika Elisabeth, born on May 31, 1999). Our family likes to travel a lot -- in 2010 we completed our second trip around the world!