Morty Khakoo spent fall semester 2010 traveling, collaborating, giving talks, and writing papers.

In early October, Morty traveled to Paris to give two contributed talks on his recent work on electron ionization of atoms and molecules at the Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC). Morty also met there with the GEC's executive committee, as an outgoing member. 

The following week he gave a colloquium at the University of Manchester and collaborated there with Professor Andy Murray, and a few days later gave another invited colloquium at University College London, where Morty did his PhD work.

Participants at the VIII WFME Conference in Brazil outside the old University Building, the earliest in South America. Participants at the VIII WFME Conference in Brazil outside the old University Building, the earliest in South America.

At the end of November, Morty traveled to Brazil as part of his research on biomolecules to give another invited talk at the VII Workshop on Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy in Curitiba, Parana. 

Morty's trip included a visit to the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, in Campinas, as part of University of Campinas. This center is directed by one of his collaborators Dr. Marco Lima

Morty's research in Brazil has been recently funded for another three years by a grant from the National Science Foundation through their program for Basic Physics and International Collaboration for ongoing work on biomolecules with Caltech Professors Vince McKoy and Carl Winstead.

Morty and Christina collaborating in his office in the department.Morty and Christina collaborating in his office in the department.

While in Brazil, Morty also visited with Professor Maria Cristina Lopes at Univrsidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil to collaborate and also to coordinate with her PhD student Daniel da Silva, who will be coming to CSUF as a sandwich student in summer 2011.

For the past three summers, Professor Lopes has hosted five of Morty's CSUF physics students to work in her lab in Brazil, Danny Romero and John Muse (2008), John Muse and Bahar Ajdari (2009), and Ling Hong and Brent Yates (2010). 

Throughout the fall, Morty helped his new postdoc Leigh Hargreaves organize his move to the US from Adelaide, Australia. Leigh landed in Fullerton in January 2011.

To top off a busy one semester sabbatical, Morty also managed to see three papers through to publication. 

  • M. A. Khakoo et al 2011 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 44 015201.
  • Russ R. Laher, Murtadha A. Khakoo, M. Kuzmanovic, V. Bojovic and A. Antic-Jovanovic, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, Volume 112, Issue 5, March 2011, Pages 786-792.
  • M. A. Khakoo, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 44 (2011) 045208.

He and masters student Brent Yates have just had their paper together on ionization of argon and krypton near threshold accepted by Physical Review A.