Undergraduate Institution: University of California at Berkeley, Physics, B.S.,1958
Graduate Institution: University of California at Berkeley, Physics, Ph. D., 1962
Postdoctoral Institution: Cornell University, condensed matter, 1962-1963
E. L. Nichols Professor of Physics, Emeritus, 2014-present
Director of the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, 1994-95, 1997- 2006, 2012
E. L. Nichols Professor of Physics, 1991-2014
Professor of Physics, Cornell University, 1971-1991
Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University, 1967-71
Assistant Professor of Physics, Cornell University, 1964-67
Instructor, Department of Physics, Cornell University, 1963-64
(3)Visiting Professor or Scientist
Stanford University, 1970
University of California, Irvine, 1971
University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1976
Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1977
IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, 1981
Science University of Tokyo, Japan, 1984
Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany, 1985
Arizona State University, Tempe, 1990
Science University of Tokyo, Japan, 1991
Seoul National University, Korea, 1992
University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1993
Tohoku University, Japan 1998
Arizona State University, Tempe, 2003
UC San Diego, La Jolla, 2007
Arizona State University, Tempe, 2010
Arizona State University, Tempe, 2013
San Diego State University, San Diego, 2014
Denver University, Denver, 2015
Denver University, Denver, 2016
(4)Other Scientific Activities
Member, American Physical Society
Member, Optical Society of America
Member, DARPA Materials Research Council, 1969-75
Member, Review of Scientific Instruments, Editorial Board, 1976-79
Member, National Materials Advisory Board on the Mechanical Properties of Infrared
Transmitting Materials, 1976-78
Member, Solar Energy Materials, Editorial board, 1979-1996
Member, Technical Council of the Optical Society, 1981
Consultant, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1978-82
Consultant, General Motors Research Laboratory, 1978-85
Feature Editor on High Temperature Superconductivity, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, March 1989
American Physical Society, Division of Condensed Matter Physics Executive Committee, 1988-91
APS Buckley Prize Committee Chairman, 1993
Lecturer, NATO Avanced Study Institute, Erice, Italy, 1995
US-Japan NSF Far Infrared Workshop Chairman, 1995
Ames Laboratory Program Review Committee, 1996-2001
National Synchrotron Light Source Science Advisory Committee. 1997-2001
Co-chairman, Workshop on Nonlinear Localized Excitations, Lyon, France, 1998
Co-chairman, Workshop on Discrete breathers and Intrinsic localized Modes, Crete,2001
Chairman, Space Infrared Telescope Facility Advisory Committee, 1999-2001.
Director, NATO ARW on "Intrinsic Localized Modes and Discrete Breathers in nonlinear lattices", Erice, Sicily, 2003.
Chairman, American Physical Society Frank Isakson Optics Prize committee, 2003.
Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, 2007-2009.
Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, 20010-2012.
Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, Optical Society of America
NSF Senior Fellow, 1970-1971
New Zealand Erskine Fellow, 1976
NSF Visiting Scientist, 1981
Humboldt Senior Scientist, 1985
American Physical Society Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, 1988
New Zealand Erskine Fellow, 1993
Institute of Physics (London) K. J. Button Prize, 1999
Organized US-EU(LOCNET) International Research Training on Intrinsic Localized Modes and Discrete Breathers workshop at the University of Crete for junior scientists on ntrinsic Localized Modes and Discrete Breathers, June 2001.
Organized summer research opportunities in 2002 at six European LOCNET research sites for six US graduate students from three different universities.
Organizing NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Intrinsic Localized Modes and Discrete Breathers in Nonlinear lattices, Erice, Sicily, 2003.
Developed tutorial web site which illustrates the dynamical properties of ILMs: http://www.lassp.cornell.edu/%7Esievers/ilm/index.html
National Synchrotron Light Source Science Advisory Committee, 1997-2001.
Space Infrared Telescope Facility Advisory Committee Chairman, 1999-2001.
Developed a self-paced mastery-oriented introductory physics course, which handles an enrollment of 300 students per semester. See Amer. J. Phys. 45, 1082 (1977). The course has been running successfully for 40 years.
Albert J. Sievers received the APS Frank Isakson Prize in 1988 for his "innovative and imaginative use of infrared and far infrared radiation in determining the fundamental optical properties of solids, defects and surfaces." In 1999 he received the Institute of Physics (London) Kenneth John Button Prize "for outstanding contributions to research in the field of far-infrared physics." His early work concerned FFT spectroscopy and He-3 cooled detector development resulting in pioneering far infrared spectroscopic studies of condensed matter systems. Together with N. Bloembergen he identified early on the new properties of photonic bandgap materials. With studies of thermal radiation he demonstrated for the first time the minimum thermal radiation possible from metal surfaces over a broad temperature range. He then turned to the far infrared studies of both small metal particles and bulk metals, including extensive work on bismuth and on high pressure, low temperature and high magnetic field effects. In many cases he and his collaborators developed new technologies with which to carry out their studies. Sievers used both coherent and incoherent sources to conduct mid-infrared and far-infrared studies of localized vibrational modes in solids, of adsorption of molecules on metal surfaces and made the first measurements of the frequency dependent carrier mass of valence fluctuation and of heavy fermion systems. In 1982 he and his colleagues discovered the process of persistent IR spectral hole burning in the vibrational modes of molecules in solids and in 1984 he and his students developed the first solid state IR vibrational laser. The exploration of defect modes provided the foundation for the 1988 proposal by Sievers and Takeno that nonlinearity plus lattice discreteness could give rise to energy localization in perfect crystals. This realization has led to extensive studies of the features associated with intrinsic localization in various kinds of nonlinear lattices by researchers the world over, and it has proven to be a conceptual and practical breakthrough.
(8)Over 390 publications including these 13 with>100 citations.
1. INTRINSIC LOCALIZED MODES IN ANHARMONIC CRYSTALS, SIEVERS AJ, TAKENO S, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 61, 970-973, (1988) (870 citations)
2. OPTICAL STUDIES OF VIBRATIONAL PROPERTIES OF DISORDERED SOLIDS, BARKER AS, SIEVERS AJ, REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS, 47, S1-S179, Suppl. 2 (1975) (364 citations)
3. NONLINEAR OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF PERIODIC LAMINAR STRUCTURES, BLOEMBERGEN N, SIEVERS AJ, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 17, 483-486 (1970) (219 citations)
4. EXPERIMENTAL GENERATION AND OBSERVATION OF INTRINSIC LOCALIZED SPIN WAVE MODES IN AN ANTIFERROMAGNET, Schwarz UT, English LQ, Sievers AJ, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 83, 223-226 (1999) (196 citations)
5. OBSERVATION OF LOCKED INTRINSIC LOCALIZED VIBRATIONAL MODES IN A MECHANICAL OSCILLATOR ARRAY, Sato M, Hubbard BE, Sievers AJ, et al., PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 90, 044102, (2003) (186 citations)
6. FAR-INFRARED ABSORPTION IN SMALL METALLIC PARTICLES, TANNER DB, SIEVERS AJ, BUHRMAN RA, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 11, 1330-1341 (1975) (159 citations)
7. Colloquium: Nonlinear energy localization and its manipulation in micromechanical oscillator arrays, Sato, M; Hubbard, BE; Sievers, AJ, REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS 78, 137-157 (2006) (158 citations)
8. OBSERVATION OF COHERENT TRANSITION RADIATION, HAPPEK U, SIEVERS AJ, BLUM EB, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 67, 2962-2965 (1991) (142 citations)
9. FAR-INFRARED ABSORPTION IN ULTRAFINE AL PARTICLES, GRANQVIST CG, BUHRMAN RA, WYNS J, SIEVERS AJ. et al., PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 37, 625-629 (1976) (127 citations)
10. Laboratory results on millimeter-wave absorption in silicate grain materials at cryogenic temperatures, Agladze, NI; Sievers, AJ; Jones, SA; et al., ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 462, 1026-1040 Part: 1 (1996) (123 citations)
11. OBSERVATION OF AN ENERGY-DEPENDENT AND TEMPERATURE-DEPENDENT CARRIER MASS FOR MIXED-VALENCE CEPD3, WEBB BC, SIEVERS AJ, MIHALISIN T, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 57, 1951-1954 (1986) (123 citations)
12. STATIONARY AND MOVING INTRINSIC LOCALIZED MODES IN ONE-DIMENSIONAL MONATOMIC LATTICES WITH CUBIC AND QUARTIC ANHARMONICITY , BICKHAM, SR; KISELEV, SA; SIEVERS, AJ\PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 47, 14206-14211 (1993) (119 citations)
13. FAR INFRARED ANTIFERROMAGNETIC RESONANCE IN MNO AND NIO , SIEVERS, AJ; TINKHAM, M, PHYSICAL REVIEW, 129, 1566-1571 (1963) (109 citations)
(9)Collaborators and Other Affiliations
(i) Recent collaborators
N. I. Agladze (LASSP, Cornell University, NY); T. Arias, LASSP, Cornell University; J. A. Campbell (Dept. of Physics, University of Canterbury, NZ); H. G. Craighead (A&EP, Cornell University, NY); D. A. Czaplewski (A&EP, Cornell University, NY); L. Q. English, Physics Department, Dickinson College, Carlyle, PA); A. R. Grant (Lucent, NJ); V, Hizhnyakov (Univ. Tartu, Estonia); B. E. Hubbard, (LASSP, Cornell University, NY); B. Ilic (A&EP, Cornell University, NY); S. A. Kiselev (LASSP, Cornell University, NY); R. Khomeriki, Tbilisi State Univ., Georgia, M. Manley, LLNL, CA; J. Parpia, LASSP, Cornell Univ., NY, A. I. Ryskin, Vavilov State Optical Institute, St-Petersburg, Russia, M. Sato, (LASSP, Cornell University, NY); S. Takeno, Nagasaki Inst. Appl. Sci., Nagasaki, Japan; M. F. Thorpe, Dept. Phys. and Astro., Arizona State University, AZ; J. J. Tu, Physics Dept., CCNY, NY, F. W. Wise, A&EP, Cornell Univ. NY.\ \pard\tx360\tx720\pardeftab720\ri720\sa80 \cf0 (ii) Graduate Advisor: M. Tinkham (Physics Dept. Harvard U., Boston), postdoc: Cornell Arts and Science College scholar\ (iii) Thesis Advisor \ Thesis advisor of: R. W. Alexander (Univ. of Missouri, MO); W. P. Ambrose (Los Alamos, NM); K. B. Aring (Pt. Loma College, CA); R. J. Baron (Univ. of Ohio, OH); S. R. Bickham (Corning, NY); M. G. Bevis (Washington Univ., MO); R. L. Blewitt (CA); C. L. Cabrera, (NYC, NY); P. Cebe, (Tufts Univ., MA); Y. J. Chabal (Lucent, NJ); A. K. Chin (MA); A. R. Chraplyvy (Lucent, NJ); B. P. Clayman (Simon Fraiser Univ., Canada); S. R. Derbenwick (PA); R. P. Devaty (Univ. of Pitt., PA); O. J. Dickie (Baldwin Shelston Waters, NZ); B. T. Draine (Adv. Inst. Princeton, NJ); H. D. Drew (Univ. of Maryland, MD); R. K. Elsley (Rockwell, CA); L. Q. English (LASSP, Cornell University, NY); S. A. FitzGerald (Oberlin College, OH); R. D. Gillis (?); T. R. Gosnell (Los Alamos, NM); A.; R. Grant (Lucent, NJ); L. H. Greene (Univ. of Ill., IL); L. M. Hanssen (NIST, MD); R. M. Hart (Abiomed, MA); T. B. Hearon (PA); B. E. Hubbard (LASSP, Cornell University, NY); K. C. Johnson (Lawrence-Livermore, CA); A. M. Kahan (NYC, NY); S. G. Kaplan (NIST, MD); R. D. Kirby (Univ. Nebraska, NE); R. Lai (Bloomberg, NYC, NY); S. P. Love (Los Alamos, NM); C. D. Lytle (NIH, Washington, DC); T. J. Maloney (CA); H. S. Marsh (NATO, Brussels); J. T. McWhirter (Union College, NY); W. E. Moerner (Stanford, CA); C. E. Mungan (Annapolis, MD); A. R. Nelson (?); I. G. Nolt (NASA,Virginia); M. Patterson (CA); R. E. Peale (Florida State Univ., FL); F. E. Pinkerton, (GM Research, MI); D. Pramanik (CA); D. M. Riffe (Utah State, UT); G. A. Rodr\'edguez Baerga (Sara Lawrence College, NY); A. Rosenberg (NRL, DC); E. A. Schiff (Syracuse Univ., NY); Z. Schlesinger (UC Santa Cruz, CA); W. J. Shotts (Lawrence-Livermore, CA); R. Smalley (?); R. C. Spitzer (Berkeley, CA); P. E. Sulewski (Lucent, NJ); D. B. Tanner (Univ. of Florida, FL); J. J. Tu (BNL, Long Island, NY); B. C. Webb (IBM, NY); R. A. Westwig (Corning, NY); L. A. Wojick (Washington, DC); J. P. Wrubel (Harvard Univ., Boston).
Four of these former students are now members of the National Academy of Sciences and one is a Nobel Prize winner