University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

December 10, 2007
Contact: Stephanie Hudson, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA Physicist Wins Research Award

University of South Alabama assistant professor of physics, Dr. Albert A. Gapud, has received a $43,800 Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for a two-year physics project.

The project, entitled “Effects of Size and Electronic Structure of Vortex Cores on the Dynamics of Superconducting Vortices,” will research still-unexplained electromagnetic phenomena in various superconducting materials. The project will create research opportunities for USA physics students as well as foster collaborative relationships with national research laboratories.

“This project also enables acquisition of equipment and resources that provide new research capabilities, thus opening up other, longer-term research directions,” Gapud said.

Gapud received his doctorate in 1999 from the University of Kansas. He joined the USA faculty in 2005. His research topics include superconductivity, dynamics of superconducting vortices, transport properties of nanowires, self-assembly and growth of film and nanostructures.

The USA physics faculty actively collaborate with physicists worldwide, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, Auburn University, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, University of Kansas, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Tennessee, University of Virginia, as well as other institutions.

Research Corporation is a private operating foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences (mainly astronomy, chemistry and physics) at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. It supports ideas independently proposed by college and university faculty members and carries on activities related to science advancement.

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