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Three Stanford and SLAC faculty have been named American Physical Society Fellows

The new APS Fellows are recognized for their work in cellular biophysics, ultrafast lasers, and quantum optics.

KC Huang, Agostino Marinelli, and Jon Simon (Image credit: Steve Castillo/Tony Tieu/Greg Engel)

Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory faculty members KC Huang, Agostino Marinelli, and Jon Simon have been elected 2023 American Physical Society Fellows.

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the society.

Huang, professor of bioengineering in the Schools of Engineering and Medicine and of microbiology and immunology in the School of Medicine, was nominated for “elucidating the biophysical properties of the Gram-negative bacterial cell envelope, for highlighting the pivotal role of the outer membrane in conferring stiffness, and for overturning the paradigm of the cell wall as the sole determinant of mechanical stability.” Huang is a member of Stanford Bio-X and the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, and a faculty fellow of Sarafan ChEM-H.

Marinelli, assistant professor of photon science and of particle physics and astrophysics at SLAC, was nominated for “path-breaking contributions to the theoretical and experimental development of free-electron lasers and their application to ultrafast science.” Marinelli is also a member of Stanford and SLAC’s PULSE Institute.

Simon, associate professor of physics and of applied physics in the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences, was nominated for “significant and pioneering advances in quantum optics and quantum simulation of strongly interacting systems, including Mott insulator states, synthetic Landau levels, and Laughlin states of photons.” Simon is also director of Stanford and SLAC’s and Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitectures and Machines initiative (Q-FARM).

APS fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the society’s membership (excluding student members) is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow of the American Physical Society.