University at Albany

Physics Faculty

William A. Lanford
Professor of Physics
Ph.D. University of Rochester

Office: Physics 110
Telephone: (518) 442-2561

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Academic History:
  • B.S. Physics, University of Rochester (1966)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Rochester (1972)
  • Postdoctoral, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University (1971-1973)
  • Associate Professor, Assistant Professor of Physics, Yale University (1973-1979)
  • Joint appointment in Classics, SUNY Albany (1998-2002)
  • Professor, Associate Professor of Physics, SUNY Albany (1979-present)
Research Interests:

Research interests have concentrated on the physics of materials including: ion beam analysis, hydrogen in materials, use of copper for microelectronic metallization, ion beam modification of materials, effects of cosmic rays on electronic devices, physics analysis in art and archaeology, and novel application of ion beam analysis in atmospheric chemistry.

  • Over 250 research papers in refereed journals (16 of these papers cited more than 100 times each), including major advances in understanding the chemistry of glass surfaces, methods of ion beam analysis, role of hydrogen in various thin-film materials, effects of cosmic rays on microelectronics. Four of these papers published in Science or Nature.
  • Over 50 invited talks at national or international scientific meetings.
  • 6 patents issued.
  • 2 books (edited).
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.
  • Member of Board of Directors, University at Albany Foundation, 2011-present
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award (1994, 1996, 1997)
  • University of Helsinki, Finland, "Medal of the University" 2003.
  • Nobel Committee for Physics and Chemistry of the Swedish Royal Academy, Guest Researcher.
  • President's Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Service on external review committees for Chalk River National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and University of Texas.

Continuous external research funding for the first 22 years at Albany

Albany Infrastructure Grants Received

  • Grant to upgrade University at Albany Accelerator (U. S. Army)
  • Arranged gift from IBM of Tandem Accelerator to Albany
  • Grant to advance undergraduate physics education at Albany (NSF, sole PI)
  • Proposal to create Center for Advanced Technology at Albany (NYS Science and Technology Foundation, principal author and Director)
  • Major Equipment Grant for High Resolution Spectrometer (NSF, sole PI)

List of Publications at: Google Scholar. Note, click on “Year” to get publications starting with most recent and click on “Cited by” to get publications order by citations.