Charles M. Falco

  • Faculty Affiliation: OSC Professor
  • Research Specialty: Photonics
Chair of Condensed Matter Physics
Professor of Optical Sciences
Professor of Physics
Email Address: 
falco@u.arizona.edu
Office Location: 
Gould-Simpson 1021A
Mailing Address: 

College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0094

Phone Number: 
520-621-6771
Fax: 
520-621-4356
Education: 
  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1974
  • M.S., University of California, Irvine, 1971
  • B.S., University of California, Irvine, 1970
Employment: 
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center/College of Optical Sciences, 1982-present
  • Professor: The University of Arizona, Department of Physics, 1982-1997 and 2009-present
  • Chair of Condensed Matter Physics: The University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center/College of Optical Sciences, 1998-present
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Distinguished U.S. Scientist: RWTH Aachen University (Germany), 1989
  • Guest Professor: University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, 1986
  • Director: The University of Arizona, Arizona Research Laboratories, Surface Science Division, 1983-2003
  • Research Professor: The University of Arizona, Arizona Research Laboratories, 1982-1997
  • Master of Research: University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, 1979
  • Group Leader: Argonne National Laboratory, Superconductive and Novel Materials Group, 1978-1982
  • Physicist: Argonne National Laboratory, Solid State Science Division, 1977-1982
  • Assistant Physicist: Argonne National Laboratory, Solid State Science Division, 1974-1977
Professional Affiliations and Activities: 
  • Advances in Applied Physics: Editorial Board, Member, 2012-present
  • American Physical Society: Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public, Executive Committee, Member, 2011-2012
  • Hamptons International Film Festival: Advisor, 2008-2009
  • International Conference on Computer Engineering and System: Advisory Committee, Member, 2010
  • International Conference on Digital Image Processing: Honorary Chair, 2012
  • International Conference on Information Sciences, Signal Processing and Its Applications: Advisory Committee, Member, 2007-present
  • International Conference on Nano and Materials Science: Program Committee, Member, 2011
  • International Journal of Modern Physics: Editorial Board, Member, 2004-present
  • International Symposium on Metallic Multilayer: International Advisory Committee, Member, 2004
  • International Symposium on Metallic Multilayer: International Advisory Committee, Member, 2007
  • International Symposium on Metallic Multilayer: International Advisory Committee, Member, 2010
  • International Symposium on Metallic Multilayer: International Advisory Committee, Member, 2013
  • Modern Physics Letters B: Editorial Board, Member, 2004-present
  • National Research Council: Committee on Harvesting Light: Capitalizing on Optical Science Trends and Challenges for Future Research, Member, 2011-2012
  • New Physics: International Editorial Board, Member, 2011-present
Awards and Honors: 
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Senior Distinguished U.S. Scientist Award, 1989
  • American Physical Society: Fellow, 1987
  • Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen (Germany): Bodo von Borries Memorial Lecture, 2009
  • Florida State University: Sir Neville Mott Memorial Lecture, 2006
  • IEEE: Fellow, 2005
  • IEEE: Senior Member, 1988
  • Industrial Research Magazine: IR-100 Award, 1977
  • International Association of Art Critics (AICA; U.S. Chapter): Best Design Exhibition, Second Place 1998; shared with Frank Gehry, Thomas Krens, Ultan Guilfoyle and Matthew Drutt
  • Miami University: 31st Annual George C. Benson Memorial Lecture, 1999
  • Minnesota State University: Comstock Lecture, 2010
  • National Art Education Association: Ziegfeld Lectureship Award, 2008
  • National Science Foundation: Distinguished Lecture in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 2006
  • National Science Foundation: Traineeship, 1970-1974
  • The Optical Society (OSA): Fellow, 2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa: Visiting Scholar, 2011-2012
  • Princeton University: Louis Clark Vanuxem Lectures, 2002
  • SPIE: Fellow, 2009
  • Technology Magazine: Technology 100 Award, 1981
  • The University of Arizona: Researcher at the Leading Edge, 2009
  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana: Laredo Taft Lecture, 2004
  • University of Michigan: Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Lecture, 2004
  • University of Washington: Walker-Ames Memorial Lecture, 2010
  • Washington University in St. Louis: School of Engineering and Applied Science & School of Art Sesquicentennial Assembly Series Lecture, 2004
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Growth and structure of thin films.
  • Applications of thin films to solar energy, displays, optical devices, etc.
  • X-ray optics.
  • Metallic superlattices.
  • Magnetism.
  • Superconductivity.
  • Computerized imaging.
Research Summary: 

My group's research program involves the growth, study and applications of metallic and semiconductor superlattice thin films and epitaxial ultra-thin films, as well as computerized image analysis. Of current and recent interest are studies of magnetic and magneto-optical properties and devices, superconductivity, X-ray optics, optoelectronic properties and nucleation and epitaxy of thin film materials, as well as development of tools for computerized analysis of complex images. The facilities within my group that support this research include equipment for deposition (by Molecular Beam Epitaxy and sputtering), characterization (by a variety of in situ and ex situ probes) and measurement of various physical properties.

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Books Edited

  • Future Trends in Superconductive Electronics
    Bascom S. Deaver Jr., Charles M. Falco, Jay H. Harris and Stuart A. Wolf
  • Materials for Magneto-Optic Data Storage
    Clifford J. Robinson, Takao Suzuki and Charles M. Falco