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Michael Paesler

Professor Emeritus


Professor Paesler earned his BA degree at Beloit College and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1975. His PhD experimental research on disordered solids was undertaken in the laboratory of Hellmut Fritzsche. In 1976 he was a Guest Scientist at the Max- Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart, working with Professor Hans Queisser on the photo-Hall effect in crystalline gallium arsenide. Thereafter he assumed a position as a Post- doctoral Research Fellow in the Division of applied Sciences at Harvard University working with Professor William Paul studying hydrogenated amorphous silicon. Professor Paesler came to NC State in 1980 where he is now a Professor. From 1997 to 2005 he served as the Director of Graduate Programs. From 2005 to 2012 he served as Head of the department.

Professor Paesler's undertakes research in the department's Physics Education Research program. In an effort supported by NC State University's Large Course Redesign program and the NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM Disciplines Program, his team is studying the teaching laboratory in elementary physics courses. He and his graduate students are investigating the use of so-called kitlabs as an alternative for traditional in-lab teaching systems. The study also encompasses the use of personal electronic equipment (e.g. smart-phones, tablets and laptops) as data-taking and manipulating devices.

Select Publications

"A Better 2-D Mechanical Energy Conservation Experiment"
Paesler MA, The Physics Teacher 50 (2), 109-111 (2012).

"Characterizing the effects of etch-induced material modification on the crystallization properties of nitrogen doped Ge2Sb2Te5"
Washington JS, Joseph EA, Raoux S, Paesler MA, Journal of Applied Physics 109 (3), 034502  (2011).

"Analysis of the forgotten parts of the Ge K edge spectra: life before the EXAFS oscillations"
G. Lucovsky, J.P. Washington, L. Miotti and M.A. Paesler, Phys. Status Solidi C 7, 844-847 (2010).

"The influence of Nitrogen doping on the chemical and local bonding environment of amorphous and crystalline Ge2Sb2Te5"
J.S. Washington M.A. Paesler, Joseph, E.A. and Raoux, S. MATERIALS AND PHYSICS FOR NONVOLATILE MEMORIES  Book Series: Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings"  Volume: 1160   Pages: 163-168 (2009).

"The Influence of Nitrogen Doping on the Chemical and Local Bonding Environment of Amorphous and Crystalline Ge2Sb2Te5"
J.S. Washington, E. Joseph, M.A. Paesler, G. Lucovsky, J.L. Jordan-Sweet, S. Raoux, C.F. Chen, A. Pyzyna, R.K. Dasaka, A. Schrott, C. Lam, B. Ravel, J. Woicik, Materials and Physics for Nonvolatile Memories, 1160, 163-168 (2009).

"The Glass Computer"
M.A. Paesler, The Physics Teacher 47 80-86 (2009).

"Microscopic local bonding and optically-induced switching for Ge2Sb2Te5 alloys: A tale of four pseudo-binary and three binary tie-lines in Ge-Sb-Te phase field,"
G. Lucovsky, D.A. Baker, J. S. Washington, and M.A. Paesler, Phys. Stat. Solidi C 6, 79-82 (2009).

"Bond constraint theory and the quest for the glass computer,"
S.C. Agarwal, M.A. Paesler, D.A. Baker, P.C. Taylor, A. Edwards, Journal of Physics of the Indian Academy of Sciences 70, 245-254 (2008).

"Bond constraint theory studies of chalcogenide phase change memories"
M. A. Paesler, D. A. Baker, G. Lucovsky, Journal Non-crystalline Solids 354, 2706-2710 (2008).

Honors & Awards

Professor Paesler is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers. He was the sponsor of the thesis research leading to the American Physical Society Apker Award of Charles Brabec (1990).