Allen L. Landers
Howard Carr Professor
Experimental Atomic and Molecular Physics

Office: Allison Labs #216

206 Allison Laboratory
Auburn, AL 36849-5319

Phone: (334) 844-4048

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Ph.D., Kansas State University 1999
B.S., Kansas State University 1993

Professional Employment

Carr Associate Professor, Auburn University 2011 - present
Professor, Department of Physics, Auburn University 2013
Associate Professor, Auburn University 2008 - 2013
Assistant Professor, Auburn University 2003 - 2008
Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University 2001 - 2003
Post-doctoral Research Associate 2001 - 2003

Honors and Awards

Howard Earl and Carolyn Taylor Carr Endowed Professorship January 2011 - present
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Outreach, COSAM, Auburn Univeristy 2013
Most Outstanding Professor (MOP) award, Department of Physics 2013
Auburn University Outreach Scholar, $27k Auburn VPO 2012 - 2013
Founder and Lead Faculty, AU Summer Science Institute 2010-present 2010 - present
Auburn Research Initiative, $10k Auburn VPR 2006
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, COSAM 2006
Graduate Teaching Award, Kansas State University 1994
Presidential Scholar, Kansas State University 1988 - 1992
National Merit Finalist 1988

Professional Activities

DOE Graduate Student Fellowship Reviewer, 2010-present
Propsal Reviewer DOE, NSF, NASA (ongoing)
Referee for Physical Review A, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Physics B, Journal of Physics C and other professional journals (ongoing)
APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) Education Committee Member and Chair, 2004-2008
Session Chair Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Session Chair Pan American Science Institute, Angr Dos Reis, Brazil (1999)
Member American Physical Society (APS)
Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Forum on Education
Member Alabama Science Teachers Association

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Landers leads a vigorous research program in atomic and molecular physics, specializing in the use of synchrotron radiation to study fundamental atomic and molecular processes. He is currently funded through a three year grant from the Department of Energy and has procured over $1M in extramural research funding as Principal Investigator. He is the coauthor of 66 peer-reviewed publications, 15 invited talks at professional meetings and 119 papers contributed to professional meetings. He has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students.

Selected Publications

  1. Hydrogen and fluorine migration in photo-double-ionization of 1,1-difluoroethylene (1,1-C2H2F2) near and   above threshold B. Gaire, I. Bocharova, F. P. Sturm, N. Gehrken, J. Rist, H. Sann, M. Kunitski, J. Williams, M. S. Schöffler, T. Jahnke, B. Berry, M. Zohrabi, M. Keiling, A. Moradmand, A. L. Landers, A. Belkacem, R. Dörner, I. Ben-Itzhak, and Th.Weber, Phys Rev A 89 043423 (2014).
  2. Photo-double-ionization of ethylene and acetylene near threshold B Gaire, SY Lee, DJ Haxton, PM Pelz, I Bocharova, FP Sturm, N Gehrken, M Honig, M Pitzer, D Metz, H-K Kim, M Schöffler, R Dörner, H Gassert, S Zeller, J Voigtsberger, W Cao, M Zohrabi, J Williams, A Gatton, D Reedy, C Nook, Thomas Müller, AL Landers, CL Cocke, I Ben-Itzhak, T Jahnke, A Belkacem, Th Weber, Phys Rev A 89 013403 (2014).
  3. Resonant Auger decay driving intermolecular Coulombic decay in molecular dimers, F. Trinter, M. S. Schöffler, H.-K. Kim, F. P. Sturm, K. Cole, N. Neumann, A. Vredenborg, J. Williams, I. Bocharova, R. Guillemin, M. Simon, A. Belkacem, A. L. Landers,  Th. Weber, H. Schmidt-Böcking, R. Dörner, T. Jahnke Nature 505 664-666 (2014).
  4. Dissociative electron attachment to carbon dioxide via the 2_u shape resonance A. Moradmand,D.S. Slaughter, D.J. Haxton, A.L. Landers, C.W. McCurdy, T.N. Rescigno, A. Belkacem, M. Fogle, Phys Rev A 88 032703 (2013).
  5. Dissociative electron attachment to CO2 at the 8 eV Feshbach resonance A. Moradmand, D. Slaughter, A.L. Landers, M. Fogle, Phys Rev A 88 022711 (2013).

Last updated: 06/17/2015