physica status solidi (a)

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Editor: Stefan Hildebrandt (Editor-in-Chief), Sabine Bahrs (Deputy Editor)

Online ISSN: 1862-6319

Associated Title(s): physica status solidi (b), physica status solidi (c), physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters

Editorial Advisory Board


Since 2012 one joint Editorial Advisory Board for the entire pss family closely collaborates with the full-time Editors at the Editorial Office of Wiley-VCH in Berlin. For more information, see our Editorial.


Editorial Board Members


Ernst Bauer, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Karl Wolfgang Böer, University of Delaware, USA (Founding Editor)
Martin S. Brandt, Technical University München, Germany
Marília J. Caldas, University of Sã Paulo, Brazil
Manuel Cardona, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
Andres Cuevas, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Peter Deák, University Bremen, Germany
David A. Drabold, Ohio University, Athens, USA
Alexander L. Efros, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, USA
Elvira Fortunato, University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Bernard Gil, University Montpellier 2, France
Sebastian T. B. Gönnenwein, Walther-Meißner-Institut, Garching, Germany
Nicholas Grandjean, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
J. Marty Gregg, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Axel Hoffmann, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Chennupati Jagadish, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Alexander A. Kaminskii, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Michio Kondo, National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan
Chun-Sing Lee, City University of Hong Kong, China
Shuit-Tong Lee, Soochow University, China
Günther Leising, Technical University Graz, Austria
Andrew R. Leitch, The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Anita Lloyd-Spetz, Linköping University, Sweden
Gerd O. Müller, Philips Lumileds, San Jose, USA
Pablo Ordejón, Centre d'Investigacions en Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, Barcelona, Spain
Pedro P. Prieto, University del Valle, Cali, Columbia
Uwe Rau, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
John Robertson, Cambridge University, UK
Ferdinand Scholz, University Ulm, Germany
Alfred Seeger, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany (Founding Editor)
Michael S. Shur, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, USA
G. Jeffrey Snyder, Caltech, Pasadena, USA
James S. Speck, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Tadeusz Suski, UNIPRESS, Warsaw, Poland
Maria C. Tamargo, City College of New York, USA
Christian Thomsen, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Hans-Rainer Trebin, University Stuttgart, Germany
Sergio E. Ulloa, Ohio University, Athens, USA
Rainer Waser, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
John I. B. Wilson, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Martin N. Wybourne, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA
Wlodzimierz Zawadzki, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland


Alphabetical list


Ernst Bauer
Ernst G. Bauer received his Ph.D. degree in 1955 in Physics from Munich University. In 1958 he moved to the Michelson Laboratory in China Lake, California, where he became Head of the Crystal Physics Branch. In 1969 he accepted the position of Full Professor and Director of the Physics Institute at Technical University Clausthal, Germany. In 1991 he was appointed Distinguished Research Professor at Arizona State University. His most notable contributions are his work on thin film growth and nucleation mechanisms, and his invention of the Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM), which he extended to Spin-Polarized Low Energy Electron Microscopy (SPLEEM) and Spectroscopic Photoemission and Low Energy Electron Microscopy (SPELEEM). Ernst Bauer has received many honors, amongst them the Gaede Prize of the German Vacuum Society, the Medard W. Welch Award of the American Vacuum Society and the Davisson-Germer Prize of the American Physical Society.

Karl Wolfgang Böer
Karl Wolfgang Böer was the first Director of the IVth Physics Institute at Humboldt University, Berlin, and of the Division of Dielectric Breakdown of the Academy of Sciences, Berlin. Later he became founder and first Director of the Institute of Energy Conversion, University of Delaware, and first CEO of Solar Energy Systems (SES), Inc. He is Distinguished Professor of Physics and Solar Energy (Emeritus). His interests are cadmium sulfide, optoelectronic properties, photovoltaics, and theory. Böer was founder and first Editor-in-Chief of physica status solidi in 1961. He also wrote the “Survey of Semiconductor Physics”.

Martin S. Brandt
Martin S. Brandt obtained his Ph.D. degree at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, and spent a year at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Humboldt Fellow. He joined the Walter Schottky Institute of Technical University Munich in 1994 and was appointed Adjunct Professor in 2006. His research focuses on spin-dependent electronic transport and its application to the detection of paramagnetic states, ferromagnetic semiconductors, light-emitting polymers and biofunctionalization of semiconductors.
Marília J. Caldas
Marília J. Caldas has been a lecturer at the Instituto de Física da USP (IFUSP) since 1986 and was appointed Professor in 2000. Among the stages of her career was a post doctoral stay from 1983 to 1984 at the National Renewable Energy Lab, Department of Energy, USA. Her research interests comprise theoretical studies of organic molecules and functionalised surfaces, in particular using first principles approaches and density functional theory.

Manuel Cardona
Manuel Cardona received his Doctor of Sciences from the University of Madrid and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University. In 1971 he became Scientific Member and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart. Since 2000 he has been Director Emeritus. His areas of research include the optical spectroscopy of semiconductors and high temperature superconductors. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

Andres Cuevas
Andres Cuevas received the Ph.D. degree from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, in 1980. He was Associate Professor at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and a Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University. He is currently a Professor of engineering at the Australian National University with a research focus on silicon solar cell technology. Cuevas has collaborated extensively as a visiting Professor at key research institutes in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the US. He collaborated with Ron Sinton in the development of Quasi-Steady-State Photoconductance and Voltage techniques. With co-workers, he has clarified important physical effects that occur in PV silicon materials, including carrier trapping, light-induced degradation and recombination due to metal contaminants and defects. His current research interests include low purity compensated silicon materials, the passivation of silicon surfaces using dielectric coatings, and the development of advanced silicon solar cells, including their theoretical modelling.

Peter Deák
Peter Deák obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Eötvös University Budapest in 1984 and the Doctor of Science title from the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1993. After research at SUNY/Albany and a Humboldt Fellowship at MPI Stuttgart he became Professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, heading an applied surface physics laboratory. In 2003 he moved to the University of Paderborn and in 2006 to the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science, where he is a Group Leader since. His research experience is in computer simulation of atomic processes in electronic materials and in surface related materials problems.

David A. Drabold
David Drabold received his Ph.D. degree from Washington University (St. Louis) in 1989 for work on disorder and statistical mechanics of spin systems and then took postdoctoral positions at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois. He is currently Edward and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Physics at Ohio University. His achievements have been recognized by Fellowship in the American Physical Society (2003) and the British Institute of Physics (2005). He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge, the Materials Research Institute Barcelona, and Los Alamos National Lab. Drabold's best known work is on diverse aspects of the theory of amorphous and glassy materials, along with early contributions to the methodology of electronic structure calculations (local basis density functional methods and linear scaling methods based upon generalized Wannier functions).

Alexander Efros
Alexander Efros is a senior researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory's Center for Computational Materials Science in Washington. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the St. Petersburg Technical University, Russia (former Leningrad, USSR). In later years he held research positions at the Ioffe institute and the Technical University Munich. His research is focused on nano-scale semiconductors, optical, electronic and spintronic properties of semiconductor quantum dots.

Elvira Fortunato
Elvira Fortunato received her Ph.D degree in Physics and Materials Science in 1995 at New University of Lisbon. She has been Full Professor in the Materials Science Department of New University of Lisbon since 2012 and has been director of the Materials Research Centre (CENIMAT) since 1998. She pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors. Fortunato is a member of the physica status solidi Editorial Advisory Board since 2006.

Bernard Gil
Bernard Gil received his Ph.D. degree in 1981 and joined the “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique” (CNRS) the year after. He is also directing the Institute of Physics at Montpellier a federation of research laboratories between the CNRS and the University of Montpellier II. Among his research interests are specific properties of excitons bound to non-cubic centres in GaP, the symmetry of the conduction band of short-period GaAs–AlAs superlat-tices, the effect of strain fields on phonons and on the valence band physics in GaN epitaxial films, excitonic recombination properties in GaN and InGaN quantum wells and dots, and the excitonic fine structure in ZnO films and ZnO–ZnMgO quantum wells.

Sebastian T. B. Gönnenwein

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Nicholas Grandjean

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J. Marty Gregg
J. Marty Gregg obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from Cambridge before joining Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) where he became Chair in 2007. Gregg is currently a member of the Centre for Nanostructured Media (CNM), the research cluster within the School of Maths and Physics at QUB focused on nanomaterials and applied solid-state physics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP) and a member of the EPSRC peer-review college. His primary research interests are in mapping and understanding the manner in which reduced size and increased shape complexity affect the properties of oxide ferroics, with particular interest in ferroelectrics. He has pioneered the investigation of nanoscale single crystals cut from bulk using a Focused Ion Beam Microscope (FIB).

Axel Hoffmann

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Chennupati Jagadish

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Alexander A. Kaminskii
Alexander A. Kaminskii received his Ph.D. degree in 1974 from the Russian Academy of Sciences where he became Full Professor in 1981. Currently he is head of the laser crystal physics laboratory at the Institute of Crystallography in Moscow and Director of the Joint Open Laboratory for Laser Crystal and Precise Laser Systems. His research interests include the physics of lasers and nonlinear laser crystals, concentrating mainly on search and characterization of new compounds as well as on new principles and operating schemes of lasers and laser frequency converters.

Michio Kondo

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Chun-Sing Lee
Chun-Sing Lee obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1991 from the University of Hong Kong. He then moved to the University of Birmingham for postdoctoral research with the support of a Croucher Foundation Fellowship. He joined the City University of Hong Kong in 1994 and is currently a Chair Professor in materials science. He co-founded the Center Of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF) in 1998 and is the Center’s Associate Director. Lee's main research interests are on surface and interface physics, organic electronics and nanomaterials.
Shuit-Tong Lee
S. T. Lee is Director of the College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Soochow University. He has been the Chair Professor of Materials Science and founding Director of the Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, which he joined in 1994. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia. He was research fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of California and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Lee is the founding Director of the Nano-organic Photoelectronic Laboratory, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS, Beijing. He is an adjunct or advisory professor of several Universities in Mainland China, including Peking University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Institute of Physics. Prof. Lee received the Humboldt Senior Research Award (2001), Croucher Senior Research Fellowship of the Croucher Foundation (2002), and State Natural Science Award (2002, second prize). His research interests include nanoscience and nanomaterials, diamond and superhard coatings, organic electroluminescence, surface and materials science, thin film characterization and processing. Lee is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of physica status solidi and Advanced Functional Materials and Applied Nanoscience.

Günther Leising
Günther Leising received the Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics at the Technical University Graz, Austria, where he is Professor since 1995. He research focuses on the physics and chemistry of polymers and organic solids. After founding a few start-up companies as well as Joanneum Research, an Institute for Nanostructured Materials and Photonics, he has been Senior Vice President Technology (global R&D Head) of the AT&S group Austria from 2000 - 2005.

Andrew R. Leitch

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Anita Lloyd-Spetz
Anita Lloyd-Spetz is a Professor in Applied Sensor Science at Linköping University and 50% Finnish Distinguished Professor at University of Oulu. She is the Deputy Director of the VINN Excellence Center at Linköping University. Her research interests include SiC-FET high temperature gas sensors with MAX material ohmic contacts, wide band gap material transducers for biosensors, resonator sensors, soot sensors, and graphene sensors as well as a project at University of Oulu involving the development of a portable nanoparticle detector.

Gerd O. Müller
Gerd O. Müller graduated from Humboldt University Berlin in physics and mathematics and joined the Academy of Sciences to receive his Ph.D. degree in semiconductor physics. He was Professor of Solid State Physics and headed the Optoelectronic Division of the Central Institute for Electron Physics in Berlin until 1991. Müller joined Hewlett–Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto in 1994. Since 2000 he works in the Advanced Labs of Lumileds Lighting, San José, which is now Philips Lumileds Lighting. His main interest are in III-nitride based solid state lighting. Gerd Müller was involved in founding physica status solidi (a) in 1969 and served as a Board member from its beginning.

Pablo Ordejón
Born 1964 in Madrid, Professor Dr. Pablo Ordejón studied Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1992. After a three years postdoctoral period at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the Universidad de Oviedo as an Assistant Professor. In 1999, he obtained a research staff position at the Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona and moved as a Research Professor and Group leader to the newly established Centre d'Investigacions en Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (CIN2) in Barcelona in 2007. His research has focused on the development of efficient methods for electronic structure calculations in large and complex systems, contributing to the development of techniques for large scale atomistic simulations based on first principles methods. He has also been involved in the study of the fundamental properties of materials at the atomistic level, and worked on defects in semiconductors and the microscopic mechanisms of thin film growth. His current interests include electronic transport in nanostructures, molecule - surface interactions, and the theory of scanning probe microscopies. He frequently maintains collaborations with industrial laboratories on the simulation of materials processes at the atomic level.
Pedro P. Prieto

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Uwe Rau

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John Robertson
John Robertson is a Professor of Electronic Engineering at Cambridge University, UK, where he also received his Ph.D. degree in Physics. He joined the Engineering Department in 1994. His research interests are carbon nanotubes, graphene and diamond-like carbon, in high K gate oxides and the materials science of CMOS field effect transistors, in transparent conducting oxides and in other functional oxides.

Ferdinand Scholz
Ferdinand Scholz obtained the Ph.D. degree for studies on MOVPE of GaInAs-InP quantum well structures from the University of Stuttgart in 1986. From then until 2003 he was head of the epitaxial group of the 4. Physikalisches Institut of the University of Stuttgart. In 2003 he obtained a professorship at the University of Ulm. Main topics of his current research at the Institute of Optoelectronics are growth and investigations of group III nitrides, quantum well structures and nanorods and their applications in device structures.

Alfred Seeger
Alfred Seeger received his Ph.D. degree at Technische Hochschule Stuttgart. From 1959 until his retirement in 1995 he was Chair of Solid State Physics at Stuttgart University and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Metal Research. Current research activities include lattice defects in crystals and their role in plasticity, radiation damage, diffusion and internal friction, mathematical physics (including soliton theory), and positrons and positronium in condensed matter. Alfred Seeger is one of the founding Editors of physica status solidi and Board member since from the start in 1961.

Michael S. Shur
Michael S. Shur received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from A. F. Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia in 1967. He is now Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor of Solid State Electronics, Professor of Physics, and Director of the Center for Broadband Data Transport Science and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, USA. Shur serves as Vice-President of the IEEE Sensor Council for publications. His areas of interests are physics of semiconductors and semiconductor devices.

G. Jeffrey Snyder
G. Jeffrey Snyder received his Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Stanford University in 1997 where he studied magnetic and magneto-electrical transport properties of metallic perovskites as a Hertz Fellow. From 1997-2006 he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the thermoelectrics group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently a Faculty Associate in materials science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His research interests include the discovery of new Zintl phase thermoelectric materials and nanostructured thermoelectric composites using bulk processing, band structure engineering and thermoelectric performance optimization.

James S. Speck
James S. Speck received his Sc.D. degree from MIT in 1989. Since then he is a Professor in the Materials Department at the University of Calfornia Santa Barbara where he has worked extensively on strain relaxation in epitaxial oxide and compound semiconductor films. His main research focus is on GaN and related materials with a strong emphasis on MBE growth and nonpolar nitrides.

Tadeusz Suski
Tadeusz Suski received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Polish Academy of Sciences. Currently he is a Professor at the Institute of High Pressure Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. Among the stages of his career were Osaka University (JSPS scholarship) and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Fulbright Scholar). His scientific interests focus on the optical, electrical and optoeletronic properties of III-V nitrides that include their applications. Particular part of his activity is devoted to the use of high pressure methods.

Maria C. Tamargo

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Christian Thomsen
Christian Thomsen received his Ph.D. degree from Brown University, Providence, in 1986. From 1987 to 1994 he worked on Raman spectroscopy in high-Tc superconductors at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung Stuttgart. In 1994 he became full Professor of Physics at Technische Universität Berlin where his scientific work focuses on experimental and numerical investigations of the electron–phonon interaction in semiconductors and carbon nanotubes.

Hans-Rainer Trebin
Hans-Rainer Trebin obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1976 at the University of Regensburg and was appointed to the Chair for Theoretical and Applied Physics at Universität Stuttgart in 1985. He has worked on electronic properties of semiconductors and on structures and phases of liquid crystals. His current interests are defects, dynamics and mechanical properties of quasicrystals and structurally complex alloys, investigated by large scale numerical simulations. Currently he is Director of the Virtual Laboratory "Physical Properties" of the EU Network of Excellence "Complex Metallic Alloys" and coordinator of the Collaborative Research Center 716 "Dynamical Simulation of Systems with Large Numbers of Particles".

Sergio E. Ulloa
Sergio E. Ulloa is a Full Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ohio University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been visiting researcher in Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, and Mexico. His research interests include structure and electronic properties of solids, investigation of semiconductor nanostructures, and optical response of surfaces and clusters. In 2007 he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society for his theoretical research on optical properties of semiconductor materials.

Rainer Waser
Rainer Waser received his Ph.D. degree at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1984. He is now a Professor at the Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the RWTH Aachen University and Director at the Institute of Solid State Research in Jülich. In his research on the fundamental aspects of electronic materials and integrated devices he maintains strong collaborations with major semiconductor industries worldwide. His current interests focus on electronic oxides, transition metal oxides, resistive switching, and emerging memories. He is a member of the ITRS working group on Emerging Research Devices. Since 2002 he has been the coordinator of the research program 'Nanoelectronic Systems' within the Helmholtz Association.

John I. B. Wilson
John I. B. Wilson gained a Ph.D. degree from Durham University and is now Professor of Materials Processing at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. His research interests include thin-film silicon, thin-film diamond, surface modification of diamond films for sensors, and plasma treatment of textiles and polymers for biomedical applications. He is Managing Director of Dilab Ltd., founded in 1994 to commercialise microwave plasma deposition and applications of diamond films, and a Director of Power Textiles Limited, founded in 2007 to develop solar cells on textiles.

Martin N. Wybourne
Martin Wybourne received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham (UK). Currently he is Francis and Mildred Sears Professor of Physics and the Vice Provost for Research at Dartmouth College (Hanover, USA). His research interests focus on the electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of nano-scale systems that include semiconductors, metal nanoparticles, and biological molecules.

Wlodzimierz Zawadzki
Wlodzimierz Zawadzki received his Ph.D. degree at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw in 1964. He became Professor in 1977 and is presently working at the Institute of Physics. His research interests are narrow gap semiconductors, spin properties, electron scattering, polarons, magneto-optics, magneto-impurities and two-dimensional systems in semiconductors. Between 1990 and 1993 he has also written a novel and two volumes of poems.



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