For the 20 years prior to my retirement in 2007 my research efforts focused mainly on molecular-dynamics simulations of ion-surface interactions. I was interested in learning more about the basic physics of atom and cluster ejection from surfaces (sputtering), collision cascades, and energy loss by atoms and clusters as they penetrate surfaces.
Several undergraduate and graduate students from CSUF, Caltech, and other CSU campuses have participated in this research.
This research was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. My previous NSF grant (DMR-9312468) included a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supplement. My most recent NSF grant (DMR-9712538), which was funded in May of 1997 included an REU supplement for undergrads as well as some funding for M.S. students.
To learn about some of my recent research work click on the first link below. (This section is a bit out-of date.) To obtain references to my recent publications, including publications with student co-authors, click on the second link. The third link will take you to a page containing links to other groups who carry out similar work, and to compilations of information useful in particle-surface research.