# Jacques G. Amar

(Condensed Matter Physics/Materials Science)

## Professor of Physics

Ph.D., 1985, Temple University

Dr. Amar's research interests involve the theoretical study of
equilibrium and non-equilibrium surface physics and materials science.
Of particular current interest is the study of a variety of
technologically important processes for thin-film growth such as vapor
deposition, sputtering, laser ablation, etching, and molecular beam
epitaxy. These processes are classic examples of far-from-equilibrium
phenomena which are not well understood but which are of increasing
importance in materials science and solid-state physics. The primary
goal is a fundamental understanding of the dependence of properties such
as film quality and surface morphology on key experimental and materials
parameters. Theoretical techniques used involve kinetic Monte Carlo
methods, the analytical and numerical solution of nonlinear partial
differential and continuum equations as well as scaling and
renormalisation group ideas borrowed from statistical physics. Since a
quantitative as well as qualitative understanding is desired, close
collaboration is also maintained with experimental research groups.
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