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Alex Bataller

Research Assistant Professor



  • 2014, Ph.D in Physics, University of California, Los Angeles
    Advisor: Prof. Seth J. Putterman
    Dissertation Title: “Exploring the Universality of Sonoluminescence
  • 2007, B.S. in Engineering Physics, The University of Arizona
    Advisor: Prof. Arvinder Sandhu
    Senior Capstone Project: “High-Harmonic Generation Producing Attosecond Pulses

Select Publications

  1. Bataller, A., Latshaw, A., Koulakis, J., and Putterman, S. “Gas to Liquid Transition in Femtosecond Laser Breakdown.” Manuscript in preparation.
  2. Yu, Y., Bataller, A.*, Younts, R., Yu, Y., Li, G., Puretzky, A., Geohegan, D., Gundogdu, K., and Cao, L. “Room-Temperature Electron-Hole Liquid in Monolayer MoS2.” arXiv:1710.09538 (2017), manuscript under review.
  3. Zheng, A., Awartani, O., Gautam, B., Liu, D., Qin, Y., Li, W., Bataller, A., Gundogdu, K., and Hou, J. “Efficient Charge Transer and Fine-tuned Energy Level Alignment in a THF-Processed Fullerene-Free Organic Solar Cell That Yields 11.3% Efficiency.” Advanced Materials, 29(5) (2017).
  4. Bataller, A., Putterman, S., Pree, S., and Koulakis, J. “Observation of Shell Structure, Electronic Screening, and Energetic Limiting in Sparks.” Physical Review Letters, 117, 085001 (2016).
  5. Bataller, A., Koulakis, J., Pree, S. and Putterman S. “Nanosecond High-Power Dense Microplasma Switch for Visible Light.” Applied Physics Letters, 105, 223501 (2014).
  6. Bataller, A., Plateau, G. R., Kappus, B., and Putterman, S. “Blackbody Emission from Laser Breakdown in High-Pressure Gases.” Physical Review Letters, 113(7), 075001 (2014).
  7. Bataller, A., Kappus, B., Camara, C., and Putterman, S. “Collision Time Measurements in a Sonoluminescence Plasma with a Large Plasma Parameter.” Physical Review Letters, 113(2), 024301 (2014).

  8. Highlight: Profiled as a Focus Story in Physics, 7(72), (2014) and online

  9. Kappus, B., Bataller, A., and Putterman, S. “Energy Balance for a Sonoluminescence Bubble Yields a Measure of Ionization Potential Lowering.” Physical Review Letters, 111(23), 234301 (2013).

  10. (* = Equal contributing first author)