Unknown. Extra-Departmental Service. December 10, 2010


Other Service to the Community ; 1) This year I am a joint editor (with editors in several fields outside my own) for a special New Journal of Physics focus issue on "strongly correlated quantum fluids." This issue is based on the broad current interest in degenerate, strongly interacting Fermi gases, which my group first observed in 2002. The focus issue combines experimental and theoretical papers from fields including ultracold atoms, condensed matter, and quark-gluon-plasmas. 2) I organized and chaired a session called "Fifty years of problem solving with lasers," for the October meeting of the Southeastern section of the Americal Physical Society (SESAPS). I invited three speakers who presented general audience talks that ranged from precision characterization of optical pulses to biological imaging. I gave the concluding talk of the session, on "trapping ultracold atoms in bowls made of laser light." 3) I continue to serve my second consecutive 3-year term as a Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters. Normally, I handle around 2 papers per month in this capacity, but I have occasionally handled as many as 4. These papers take substantial time to review, as they involve disagreements and detailed correspondence between the authors and typically 3 or 4 referees. In this capacity, I often have to justify my choice to overrule several referees (positive or negative) or to support or rule against the authors. (I was also invited to be a member of the editorial board for Science Magazine, but I turned down this offer, as I am already sufficiently committed with the DAE for PRL.)

Service Performed By

  • Thomas, John E.  Fritz London Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics


  • Unknown


  • December 10, 2010

Service or Event Name

  • Extra-Departmental Service