Campus: CSU Northridge -- January 26, 2005
CSUN Professor Invited to Spend Next Two Years as Scholar with
International Physics Institute
Cal State Northridge physics professor Nicholas Kioussis has been named a
2005-2007 scholar with the prestigious Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
(KITP) at UC Santa Barbara.
Kioussis will spend the next two years meeting with some of the world's top
scientists to discuss future collaborative research projects and publications as
well as the latest findings in such areas as quantum computing, spintronics and
materials science as well as other areas of theoretical physics.
"What's really exciting is the learning process-to be able to discuss ideas and
brainstorm with some very smart people and possibly collaborate on research that
could go in a new whole direction. I'm really looking forward to it," said Kioussis,
who learned about his selection as KITP Scholar over the holiday break.
The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics is internationally renowned among the
world's scientists. The institute is headed by David Gross, who was awarded the
2004 Nobel Prize in Physics.
In the letter to Kioussis informing him of his selection, Gross said "the selection
committee was very impressed with your application and we look forward to your
association with the KITP."
The Kavli Institute brings together diverse groups of theoretical physicists and
other scientists to do research in areas of science that are timely, important
and intellectually challenging. KITP programs encompass particle and nuclear
physics, astrophysics and cosmology, condensed-matter physics, atomic and molecular
physics and emerging interdisciplinary fields such as biophysics, neurophysics
and mathematical physics, addressing questions that lie at the very frontier of
Only about a handful of scientists from around the world are invited every two
years to be KITP Scholars.
During the course of their time as KITP scholars, the scientists are invited to
visit the facility in several one- to two-week stints during which they may
initiate collaborative research and publication projects with the institute's
permanent faculty. The scholars are also invited to take part in the institute's
workshops and conferences which feature some of the world's leading scientists
discussing timely and intriguing scientific questions-from deciphering the human
genome to the hidden mysteries of ordinary matter and new and strange features of
the quantum world.
Kioussis said there are three areas of research he is interested in pursuing while
at the Kavli Institute: spintronics, or spin electronics, the study of the role
played by electron spin in devices that specifically exploit spin properties
(instead of or in addition to charge degrees of freedom); strongly correlated
electron nanoclusters, exploring how the properties of strongly interacting
electrons become modified at the nanoscale; and the mechanical properties of
"Depending on what happens during discussions with permanent and visiting people
at the institute, my research could embark in completely different areas," Kioussis
Adding to the experience, Kioussis said, is that whatever he learns he will be
able to share with the colleagues, students and post-doctoral students he works
with at Cal State Northridge. "The exploration of the unknown is the exciting part,
really," he said.
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