HKUST Physicist Prof Michael Altman Named Fellow by American Physical Society

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is pleased to announce that Prof Michael Altman, Head of the Department of Physics, was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Upon recommendation of the APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics, Prof Altman was cited “for development and use of spin polarized low energy electron microscopy to understand surface processes of solids.”

Prof Altman joined HKUST as a founding member of the Department of Physics in 1991. He received the HKUST School of Science Teaching Award in 1997 and has been serving as Department Head since 2011. His research in condensed matter physics is targeted at understanding the structure, dynamics, electronic and magnetic properties of solid surfaces, interfaces and thin film nanostructures, including diffusion and growth, kinetic instabilities and quantum size effects.

The APS Fellowship Program was established to recognize members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise through outstanding research, leadership or service, or application of physics to science and technology. Each year, no more than 0.5% of the total APS membership is elected for Fellowship after a rigorous and competitive review process. The granting of Fellowship is thus a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers.

Prof Michael Altman

Prof Michael Altman

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