Leigh Hargreaves
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Leigh Hargreaves

Assistant Professor of Physics

Atomic and Molecular Electron-Reaction Science

  • PhD In Physics (2004 - 2008)
    Flinders University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science with 1st class Honors (2000 - 2004) Flinders University, Australia

I arrived at CSUF at the start of 2011 as a visiting professor and lecturer, following postdoctoral research at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University in Australia. My research interests are in experimental research on electron scattering from atomic and molecular targets.

At CSUF, I use state of the art electron spectrometers to measure scattering probabilities for electrons colliding with targets such as water, alcohols, and furan derivates. These data help us better understand how much damage is really caused during radiation therapy and will help improve the safety of such treatments for cancer patients.

I also work on electron-photon coincidence studies for electron excitation of noble gas atoms and diatomic molecules. By analyzing the polarization of the emitted decay photon during an excitation collision, the alignment and orientation of the excited state charge cloud can be measured. This measurement offers a very fine degree of detail about the dynamics of the scattering process, and is a very strong test of scattering theory.

Here at CSUF I teach a wide variety of topics in the Physics department, including introductory physics for life science majors, computational physics, advanced physics laboratories and graduate level mathematical physics.