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Gerald D Mahan

Gerald D Mahan

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  • Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Physics

Email: gdm12 [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu


  1. Harvard University (A.B., Physics, Magna Cum Laude), 1959
  2. University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., Physics), 1964


Condensed Matter Physics
  • Theoretical

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, 1959-1961
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1968-1970
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1974-
  • Luther Dana Waterman Research Award, 1979, co-winner, Outstanding Scientist at Indiana University
  • Dushman Award, 1984, co-winner, General Electric Company, for development of ZnO Varistor
  • Centennial Medal, Catholic University of Chile, 1989
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, since 1995
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005
  • Eberly College of Science Medal, 2007
  • Foreign Member, Royal Society of Arts and Sciences, Göteborg, Sweden, 2008
  • Erasmus Mundas Lecturer of the European Union, April 2011

Selected Publications

  1. "Kapitza resistance between a metal and a nonmetal," G.D. Mahan, Phys. Rev. B 79, 075408 (2009)
  2. "Thermopower enhancement in nanowires via junction effects," N. Duarte, G.D. Mahan, and S. Tadigadapa, Nano Letters 9, 617-622 (2009)
  3. G.S. Jeon and G.D. Mahan, "Lattice vibrations of a single-wall boron nitride nanotube," Phys. Rev. 79, 085424 (2009)
  4. G.D. Mahan, "Theory of surface polaritons and image potentials in polar crystals," Phys. Rev. B 81, 195318 (2010)
  5. M. W. Cole, V. H. Crespi, M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Dresselhaus, J. E. Fischer, H. Rodriguez Gutierrez, K. Kojima, G. D. Mahan, A. M. Rao, J. O. Sofo, M. Tachibana, K. Wako, and Q. Xiong, "Structural, electronic, optical and vibrational properties of nanoscale carbons and nanowires: a colloquial review," J. Phys. Condens. Matt. 22, 334201 (2010).
  6. M. W. Cole, V. H. Crespi, G. Dresselhaus, M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Mahan, and J. O. Sofo, "Peter Clay Eklund: a scientific biography," J. Phys. Condens. Mat. 22, 330301 (2010).
  7. G.D. Mahan, "Quantization of surface polaritons," Phys. Rev. B. 82, 165318 (2010)
  8. G.D. Mahan, "Thermal Transport in AB superlattices", Phys. Rev. B 83, 125313 (2011)
  9. G.D. Mahan, "The tunneling of heat," Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 132106 (2011)
  10. G.D. Mahan and K. Berland, Theory of polar corrections to donor binding, Phys. Rev. B 84, 235203 (2011)

Research Interests

  • Condensed matter theory
  • Transport and optical properties
  • Solid-state devices