Francis Robicheaux
Professor

Theoretical Atomic Physics

Email: robicfj@auburn.edu

Office: Allison Labs #105
Phone: 334-844-4366



Education:
Ph.D. Physics, University of Chicago, June 1991.
M.S. Physics, University of Chicago, December 1986.
B.A. with Honors in Physics, University of Chicago, December 1985.
Louisiana State University, 1982-83

Experience:
Alumni Professor of Physics, Auburn University, 9/04-9/09
Professor of Physics, Auburn University, 9/03-present.
Associate Professor of Physics, Auburn University, 9/98 to 9/03.
Sabbatical at AMOLF FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 6/98-6/99.
Assistant Professor of Physics, Auburn University, 9/93 to 9/98.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, 12/90 to 8/93.
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Chicago, 5/86 to 12/90.

Current Funding:
National Science Foundation, Atomic Theory
National Science Foundation, Plasma Physics
Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences
 
Honors:
Eugene J. Clothiaux Faculty Teaching Award, Auburn University College of Science and Mathematics, 2012.
M.O.P. Award, Auburn Society of Physics Students, 2012
John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research, 2011 (shared with several members of the ALPHA collaboration)
Dean's Faculty Research Award, Auburn University College of Science and Mathematics, 2011.
Outstanding Referee, American Physical Society, 2008.
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Auburn Society of Physics Students, 2005
SPS Faculty Award, The Quotable Award, Auburn Society of Physics Students, 2004
Alumni Professor, Auburn University, 2004-9.
Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2002.
National Science Foundation Young Investigator, 1994-9.
Harper Fellowship from University of Chicago, 1990.
 
Research Area:
Prof. Robicheaux is an atomic theorist mainly focusing on time dependent atomic phenomena, highly excited (Rydberg) atoms, electron scattering, strong fields, and ultracold plasmas. He is a member of the ALPHA collaboration which was the first group to trap the antimatter version of the hydrogen atom and was the first group to perform experiments on anti-hydrogen. The research has a strong computational component so that the majority of results contain comparisons with past and predictions of future experimental results.
 
Five Recent Publications:  
(1) C. Amole, et al (ALPHA collaboration), "Resonant quantum transitions in trapped antihydrogen atoms," Nature 483, 439 (2012). proofs PDF (623 kB)

(2) G. B. Andresen, et al (ALPHA collaboration), "Confinement of antihydrogen for 1,000 seconds," Nature Physics 7, 558 (2011). PDF  (1260 kB) (Many online articles)

(3) G. B. Andresen, et al (ALPHA collaboration), "Trapped antihydrogen," Nature 468, 673 (2010). PDF (946 kB)   (Many online articles related to this publication)

(4) F. Robicheaux, S. D. Loch, M. S. Pindzola, and C. P. Balllance, "Contribution of near threshold states to recombination in plasmas," Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 233201 (2010).PDF (173 kB)

(5) A.L. Landers, F. Robicheaux, T. Jahnke, M. Schoffler, T. Osipov, J. Titze, S.Y. Lee, H. Adaniya, M. Hertlein, P. Ranitovic, I. Bocharova, D. Akoury, A. Bhandary, Th. Weber, M.H. Prior, C.L. Cocke, R. Dorner, and A. Belkacem, “Angular correlation between photoelectrons and Auger electrons from K-shell ionization of neon,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 223001 (2009). PDF (513 kB)
 
  


Last updated: 02/04/2013