Jacek K. Furdyna is Marquez Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. in experimental solid-state physics at Northwestern University in 1960, where he subsequently held a postdoctoral appointment in electrical engineering. He then joined the staff of M.I.T.’s Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory, where he worked on plasma effects in solids. After four years at M.I.T. he joined the Physics Department at Purdue University, where he continued his studies of solid-state plasmas and in 1969 began research on diluted magnetic semiconductors. In 1987 he joined the Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame as Marquez Professor of Physics. At Notre Dame his work focused on epitaxially grown magnetic semiconductors and their quantum structures. In recognition of his work he was awarded honorary doctorates by Warsaw University and Purdue University, and the Copernicus Medal by the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2008 he was recognized as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.
A little-known and subtle optical effect in combination with state-of-the-art pulsed laser techniques holds considerable promise as a sensitive way to study physical properties (including spin phenomena) in nanometer scale structures. Read More »