Arthur R. Smith, Ohio University, USA
Title: Revealing magnetic ordering in nitride systems using spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy

Arthur R. Smith obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Ken Shih in 1995 in the area of GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures and superlattices studied by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy. After doing post-doctoral work on GaN surfaces with Randall Feenstra at Carnegie Mellon University for 2 1/2 years, he joined the Physics and Astronomy department at Ohio University as Assistant Professor in 1998. His research interests include surface epitaxial growth processes and surface structures investigated using STM, with a focus on magnetic/spintronic materials. In 2000, he received the U.S. Presidential Early CAREER Award in Science and Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and to Full Professor in 2008. Since 2005, he has also been Director of the Ohio University Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute, now serving in his 3rd term. He has published to date 70 papers in various scientific journals and frequently speaks at international conferences and workshops.