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Carl Franck

Associate Professor

Experimental condensed matter and atomic physics, biological physics and liquid physics


Our group’s interests include the behavior of liquid, colloidal and living systems on length scales that are much greater than atomic.  A particular aim has been to understand the social behavior of microbes along with the physicochemical systems that enable their intercellular communication. 

A central focus of our current work is a new form of X-ray spectroscopy based on inelastic scattering coincident with deexcitation radiation. We believe that this is a potent approach for studying quantum matter. Here our focus is on correlated electron behavior and new photon effects in solids and atoms. 

Educational Background

  • Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1988-present
  • Visiting Professor, Physics, University of Bristol, England, 1991
  • Member, American Physical Society
  • Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1982-1988
  • Research Assistant and Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1977-1982
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Princeton University, 1978
  • A.B, Harvard College, 1974