# Professor Mike Ford

### Biography

Mike Ford is Professor of Physics and Associate Dean, Research and Development, Faculty of Science

Mike Ford is originally from the UK where he undertook his doctoral studies at Southampton University. He first arrived in Australia in 1989 as a senior tutor at the University of Western Australia, then spent 4 years in the US as a research fellow jointly between Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, returning to Australia in 1996 to take up an academic appointment at Flinders. With the lure of the big city and the chance to pioneer nanotechnology education in Sydney, he moved to UTS in mid 2002. At Flinders University Mike co-founded the first nanotechnology undergraduate degree in Australia, and as Associate Director of the Institute his primary responsibility was the development of nanotechnology education initiatives at UTS. From 2006 to 2011 Mike was Head of School, Physics and Advanced Materials and is now the Director of the Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency research strength.

Mike's research interests are in materials physics and most recently using quantum mechanical computer simulations to understand the electronic properties of materials. In the past he has been known to undertake experimental work using electron beams to measure properties of atoms, molecules and solid materials. In his spare time he rides push bikes and clings to rocks.

**Associate Dean (Research),**Faculty of Science

**Education Consultant,**Institute for Nanoscale Technology

**Member,**Research Centre for Clean Energy Technology

**Core Member,**MTEE - Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency

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### Research Interests

My research interests across my career have centered on the electron properties of materials using experimental and computational methods.

Over the past 12 years or so I have developed expertise in quantum chemical calculations to understand the properties of materials, in particular the application of density functional theory for understanding and predicting the properties of nanostructures, such as surface processes and optical properties. These are challenging problems that require very large scale calculations.

We have implemented a linear scaling method within the SIESTA DFT code that can be applied to nanostructures containing upwards of 10,000 atoms. This means that these first principles techniques can now be applied to entire nanoparticles for example rather than reducing the nanostructure to a smaller, idealised structure. A 7 nm gold nanoparticle, for example contains around 10,000 atoms. We access the high performance computing facilities at the National Computational Infrastructure to run these calculations.

Over the past few years we have been particularly interested in using DFT based methods to calculate the optical response of materials from first principles and developed a methodology for calculating the entire dielectric response function without any empirical parameters.

The motivation for this work was to identify new materials for plasmonics applications. Gold is commonly use, but is quite 'lossy' and therefore not ideal. We use our methods to calculate, for the first time, the optical properties of a range of intermetallic compounds in order to identify new promising materials.

**Can supervise:**Yes

I teach into the Applied Physics and Nanotechnology undergraduate majors. Currently I am teaching subjects on Computational Physics and Quantum Physics.

## Chapters

*Computational Methods for Large Systems: Electronic Structure Approaches for Biotechnology and Nanotechnology*, pp. 367-395.

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*Gold Science and Applications*, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 13-30.

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## Conferences

*2016 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2016*.

*Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering*.

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*Nanocoatings. Proceedings of SPIE vol 6647*, SPIE, SPIE, San Diego, USA, pp. 1-4.

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*2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology*, ICONN, IEEE Publishing Company, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-4.

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*ICONN2006*, International Conference on Nanoscience and nanotehcnology, IEEE, Brisbane, QLD Australia, pp. 556-559.

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*ICONN2006*, International Conference on Nanoscience and nanotechnology, IEEE, Brisbane, QLD Australia, pp. 395-398.

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*Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology*, ICONN, IEEE, Brisbane QLD, Australia, pp. 645-648.

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*Biomems And Nanotechnology Ii*, Conference on BioMEMS and Nanotechnology II, Spie-Int Society Optical Engineering, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA, pp. 3603-3603.

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*Biomems And Nanotechnology Ii*, Conference on BioMEMS and Nanotechnology II, Spie-Int Society Optical Engineering, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA, pp. 3604-3604.

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*2006 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, VOLS 1 AND 2*, pp. 77-80.

*2006 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, VOLS 1 AND 2*, pp. 61-64.

*2006 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, VOLS 1 AND 2*, pp. 11-14.

*2006 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, VOLS 1 AND 2*, pp. 15-18.

*Proceedings Of The Society Of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Vol 5649*, Conference on Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems II, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Sydney, Australia, pp. 316-322.

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*Proceedings of 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education*, ASEE Global Colloquium of Engineering Education, University of Queensland, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-10.

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*Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Nanotechnology Forum 2003*, Oz Nano, World Scientific Publishing Co, Cairns, Australia, pp. 165-172.

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*Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings*, pp. 6-16.

*Proceedings of the 27th Annual A&NZIP Condenced Matter and Materials Meeting*, Annual Australia and New Zealand Institute of Physics COndenced Matter and Materials Meeting, Australian Institute of Physics, Wagga Wagga, Australia, pp. 1-3.

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*2003 Third IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-Nano 2003*, IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE, San Franscisco, USA, pp. 756-759.

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*Proceedings of the 15th National Congress of the AIP*, Causal / AIP, Sydney, Australia.

*Proceedings of the Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions: XXII International Conference*, Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions: XXII International Conference, Rinton Press, Santa Fe, USA, pp. 369-380.

*COINCIDENCE STUDIES OF ELECTRON AND PHOTON IMPACT IONIZATION*, pp. 85-92.

*JOURNAL DE PHYSIQUE IV*, pp. 117-123.

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*Paper Finishing and Converting Conference, Proceedings of the Technical Association of the Pulp an*, pp. 125-129.

## Journal articles

*ACS Photonics*, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 768-773.

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*Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics*, vol. 50, no. 11.

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*Molecular Simulation*, vol. 42, no. 6-7, pp. 494-510.

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*Nature nanotechnology*, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 37-41.

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*Journal of Physical Chemistry C*, vol. 120, no. 3, pp. 1739-1748.

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*Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America*, vol. 113, no. 11, pp. E1424-E1433.

*ACS nano*, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 7331-7338.

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*Dansk Kemi*, vol. 97, no. 8, pp. 20-23.

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*RSC Advances*, vol. 6, no. 82, pp. 78720-78726.

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*Journal of Physical Chemistry C*, vol. 119, no. 28, pp. 15948-15953.

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*Nanotechnology*, vol. 26, no. 43.

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*ACS applied materials & interfaces*, vol. 7, no. 38, pp. 21408-21415.

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*Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America*, vol. 112, no. 45, pp. E6101-E6110.

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*Journal Of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 26, p. 015307.

*Optics Express*, vol. 22, no. 3, p. 3186.

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*PHYSICAL REVIEW B*, vol. 90, no. 20.

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*Physical Review B*, vol. 87, no. 1, pp. 1-7.

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*ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces*, vol. 5, no. 21, pp. 10690-10695.

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*Journal of Physical Chemistry C*, vol. 116, no. 1, pp. 1335-1343.

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*Scientific Report*, vol. 2, p. 924.

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*Physical Review Letters*, vol. 109, p. 146103.

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*Advanced Powder Technology*, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 290-293.

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*Journal Of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 1-8.

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*Optics Express*, vol. 18, no. 7, pp. 7528-7542.

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*Nano Letters*, vol. 10, no. 9, pp. 3250-3252.

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*JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER*, vol. 22, no. 14.

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*Journal of Physical Chemistry C*, vol. 113, no. 8, pp. 3041-3045.

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*Journal Of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 21, pp. 144211-144218.

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*Journal of Physical Chemistry C*, vol. 113, no. 4, pp. 1325-1328.

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*Journal Of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 21, no. 14, p. 140301.

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*Journal of Physical Chemistry C*, vol. 113, no. 7, pp. 2784-2791.

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*Journal of Physical Chemistry C*, vol. 113, no. 7, pp. 2784-2791.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 1-9.

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*Journal Of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 20, no. 37, pp. 1-8.

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*Gold Bulletin*, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 5-14.

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*Physica B: Condensed Matter*, vol. 403, no. 23-24, pp. 4309-4313.

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*Journal Of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 20, no. 29, pp. 1-12.

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*JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER*, vol. 20, no. 37.

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*Journal Of The American Chemical Society*, vol. 129, no. 12, pp. 3533-3538.

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*Physica B: Condensed Matter*, vol. 394, no. 2, pp. 188-192.

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*Nano Letters*, vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 3018-3022.

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*Nanotechnology*, vol. 18, no. 23, pp. 1-6.

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*Journal of Physical Chemistry A*, vol. 111, no. 42, pp. 10769-10775.

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*Surface Science*, vol. 601, no. 24, pp. 5715-5720.

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*Molecular Simulation*, vol. 33, no. 11, pp. 897-904.

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*Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid State Materials for Advanced Technology*, vol. 140, no. 3, pp. 177-181.

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*Nanotechnology*, vol. 18, no. 36, pp. 1-4.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 19, no. 21, pp. 1-14.

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*Journal Of Physical Chemistry C*, vol. 111, no. 37, pp. 13886-13891.

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*Physica B: Condensed Matter*, vol. 394, no. 2, pp. 184-187.

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*PHYSICAL REVIEW B*, vol. 75, no. 11.

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*Surface And Interface Analysis*, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1236-1241.

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*Chemistry Of Materials*, vol. 18, no. 9, pp. 2376-2380.

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*Journal Of Physical Chemistry B*, vol. 110, no. 22, pp. 10701-10707.

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*Journal Of Chemical Theory And Computation*, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 1093-1105.

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*Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics*, vol. 8, no. 30, pp. 3520-3527.

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*Molecular Simulation*, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 595-600.

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*Molecular Simulation*, vol. 32, no. 15, pp. 1219-1225.

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*Surface Review Letters*, vol. 12, no. 2-3, pp. 297-307.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 55-74.

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*Advanced Functional Materials*, vol. 16, no. 11, pp. 1457-1461.

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*Chemical Physics Letters*, vol. 429, no. 4-6, pp. 503-506.

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*Materials Australia*, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 10-12.

*SURFACE REVIEW AND LETTERS*, vol. 13, no. 2-3, pp. 297-307.

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*IEEE Transactions On Nanotechnology*, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 406-414.

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*Nuclear Instruments & Methods In Physics Research Section B-Beam Interactions With Materials And Atoms*, vol. 234, no. 3, pp. 185-193.

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*Journal Of Chemical Education*, vol. 82, no. 5, pp. 775-778.

*Nanotechnology*, vol. 16, no. 12, pp. 3023-3028.

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*Surface Science*, vol. 580, no. 1-3, pp. 19-29.

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*Journal Of Physical Chemistry B*, vol. 109, no. 43, pp. 20387-20392.

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*Surface Science*, vol. 548, no. 1-3, pp. 29-40.

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*Materials Australia*, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 24-25.

*The Physicist*, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 84-85.

*Journal of Electron Spectroscopy*, vol. 141, no. 1, pp. 27-38.

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*Materials Forum*, vol. 27, pp. 15-20.

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*Modelling Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering*, vol. 12, pp. 1109-1120.

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*Current Applied Physics*, vol. 4, no. 2-4, pp. 381-384.

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*Chemistry in Australia*, vol. 73, no. 3, p. 2.

*Current Applied Physics*, vol. 4, no. 2-4, pp. 250-254.

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*Journal Of Chemical Education*, vol. 81, no. 6, pp. 854-858.

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*Journal Of Chemical Physics*, vol. 120, no. 22, pp. 10799-10806.

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*Journal of Molecular Structure*, vol. 686, no. 1-3, pp. 193-205.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 15, no. 21, pp. 3567-3581.

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*Journal Of Physics And Chemistry Of Solids*, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 495-505.

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*World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education*, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 299-302.

*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 15, no. 13, pp. 2155-2168.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 15, no. 41, pp. 6955-6968.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 14, no. 13, pp. 3587-3598.

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*International Journal of Engineering Education*, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 512-518.

*International Journal of Engineering Education*, vol. 18, no. 5 SPEC., pp. 512-518.

*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 13, pp. 4203-4219.

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*Trends in Applied Spectroscopy*, vol. 3, pp. 145-180.

*Surface Science*, vol. 495, no. 1, pp. 35-43.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 125-136.

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*Journal Of Chemical Physics*, vol. 113, no. 18, pp. 8175-8182.

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*Applied Surface Science*, vol. 162, pp. 359-367.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 12, no. 45, pp. 9407-9423.

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*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter*, vol. 11, no. 39, pp. 7507-7522.

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*Physical Review B*, vol. 57, no. 8, pp. 4349-4357.

*AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS*, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 665-678.

*PHYSICAL REVIEW A*, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 325-330.

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*PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS*, vol. 77, no. 13, pp. 2650-2653.

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*PHYSICAL REVIEW A*, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 418-423.

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*REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS*, vol. 66, no. 5, pp. 3137-3143.

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*Journal De Physique. IV : JP*, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 117-123.

*REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS*, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 1922-1926.

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*JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B-ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS*, vol. 23, no. 23, pp. 4247-4262.

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*Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics*, vol. 23, no. 23, pp. 4247-4262.

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*JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B-ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS*, vol. 20, no. 16, pp. 4241-4253.

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*Journal of Physics E: Scientific Instruments*, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 19-24.

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