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"Charles Falco holds a Named Professorship—UA Chair of Condensed Matter Physics—at the University of Arizona, where he has been a Professor of Optical Sciences since 1992. He received his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics in 1974 from the University of California, Irvine, after which he joined Argonne National Laboratory as Assistant Physicist (1974–77), and Physicist (1977–82) (Group Leader, Superconductive and Novel Materials Group 1978–82). He held visiting positions as Maitre de Recherche (May–July, 1979) and Professeur Invité (May–June, 1986) at the Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, and was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, June–November, 1989. He has served on a number of scientific panels, advisory boards, and review committees for various government agencies and universities, the editorial boards of two journals, and as a member of organizing, program, advisory, etc. committees of 20 international conferences and workshops. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Optical Society of America, and served two-year terms as Councillor of the APS and Member of the Executive Committee of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the APS (1992–1993), and four years as Secretary/Treasurer of the Forum on International Physics of the APS (1994–1998). Falco's principal research interests are the growth (by Molecular Beam Epitaxy-MBE and sputtering), structure (using a wide range of probes, including x-ray and electron diffraction, in situ and ex situ surface probes, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopies, etc.), and studies of the physical properties of metallic superlattices and ultra-thin films, including research on magnetism, superconductivity, x-ray optics, elastic properties, and nucleation and epitaxy of thin films, as well as computerized image analysis. He has authored or co-authored over 250 papers, six book chapters, six U.S. patents, and co-edited two books, as well as given over 125 invited talks at conferences in 20 countries and over 170 seminars at universities and research institutions in thirteen countries.
In addition to his scientific research, Charles Falco served as Co-Curator for an award-winning design exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and recently has been collaborating with the artist David Hockney to discover scientific evidence that demonstrates lenses were used by certain artists as optical aids as early as the onset of the Renaissance."
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