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Arnold Burger


Arnold Burger obtained the B.Sc. degree in Physics-Mathematics (1976), M.A. in Materials Science (1981), and Ph. D. in Materials Science (1986), all from the The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1986 he joined the Department of Physics at Fisk University and since then he has developed at Fisk a program in crystal growth of wide bandgap semiconductor materials and their use in electronic and optical devices. He participates presently in the research at the Center for Physics and Chemistry of Materials. Currently, Dr. Burger is a Professor in the Department of Life and Physical Sciences and the Director of the Materials Science and Applications Group.  He also holds the position of adjunct professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Burger advised over 70 graduate students and 16 postdoctoral scholars; has published over 400 papers, book chapters, proceedings and invited presentations and was awarded seven patents in these fields.  In 2010, Dr. Burger was appointed  to a three-year term as a member representative to the Board of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).   Dr. Burger is an elected Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Member and a Fellow of the SPIE optics and photonics society and together with his colleagues and collaborators is a three-time recipient of the R&D100 Award, in 1998, 2001, and 2010 for developing new methods to grow crystals and various compact sensors to detect and image radiation.


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Stassun, K.G., Burger, A., & Lange, S.E. 2010, “The Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program: A Model for Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Groups in the Physical Sciences through Effective Partnerships with Minority-Serving Institutions”, Journal of Geosciences Education, Vol. 58, 3, 135-144 

Cui, Y., Roy, U.N., Bhattacharya, P. , Parker, A., Burger, A., Goldstein, J.T., Raman spectroscopy study of AgGaSe2, AgGa0:9In 0:1Se2, and AgGa0:8In0:2Se2 crystals, Solid State Communications, Volume 150, Issue 35, 2010, Pages 1686-1689, DOI: 10.1016/j.ssc.2010.06.022

Washington AL, Teague LC, Duff MC, Burger A, Groza M, Buliga V, Atmospheric Effects on the Performance of CdZnTe Single-Crystal Detectors, JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC MATERIALS, Volume: 39, Issue: 7, 2010, Pages: 1104-1109 DOI: 10.1007/s11664-010-1193-5

Elshazly ES, Tepper G, Burger A, Charge trapping in detector grade thallium bromide and cadmium zinc telluride: Measurement and theory NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH A, Volume: 620    Issue: 2-3, 2010, Pages: 279-284  DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2010.02.263

Pan Z , Ueda A, Aga R, Burger A, Mu R, Morgan SH, Spectroscopic studies of Er3+doped Ge-Ga-S glass containing silver nanoparticles, JOURNAL OF NON-CRYSTALLINE SOLIDS    Volume: 356    Issue: 23-24, 2010, Pages: 1097-1101    DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2010.04.014

Bhattacharya P, Groza M, Cui Y, Caudel D, Wrenn T, Nwankwo A, Burger A, Slack G, Ostrogorsky AG, Growth of InI single crystals for nuclear detection applications, JOURNALOF CRYSTAL GROWTH    Volume: 312    Issue: 8,2010, Pages: 1228-1232    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2009.12.021

Nelson AJ, Laurence TA, Conway AM, Behymer EM, Sturm BW, Voss LF, Nikolic RJ, Payne SA, Mertiri A, Pabst G, Mandal KC, Burger A, MATERIALS LETTERS,    Spectroscopic investigation of (NH4)(2) Streated GaSeTe for radiation detector applications Volume: 64 Issue: 3, 2010, Pages: 393-395 DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2009.11.027

Awadalla SA, Mackenzie J, Chen H, Redden B, Bindley G, Duff MC, Burger A, Groza M, Buliga V, Bradley JP, Dai ZR, Teslich N, Black DR Characterization of detector-grade CdZnTe crystals grown by traveling heater method (THM) JOURNAL OF CRYSTAL GROWTH Volume: 312 Issue: 4, 2010 Pages: 507-513, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2009.11.007

Groza M, Krawczynski H, Garson A, Martin JW, Lee K , Li Q, Beilicke M, Cui YL, BuligaV, Guo MS, Coca C, Burger A, Investigation of the internal electric field in cadmium zinc telluride detectors using the Pockels effect and the analysis of charge transient, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, Volume: 107 Issue: 2,  2010, Pages: 023704-023709, DOI: 10.1063/1.3272882

MacKenzie, J., Chen, H., Awadalla, S.A., Marthandam, P., Redden, R., Bindley, G., He, Z., Black, D.R. , Duff, M., Amman, M. , Lee, J.S., Luke, P.N. , Groza, M., Burger, A. Recent advances in THM CZT for nuclear radiation detection, 2009 MRS Spring Meeting; San Francisco, CA; 14 April 2009 through 16 April 2009; Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings ISBN: 978-160511137-7, Volume 1164, 2010, Pages 155-164, DOI: 10.1557/PROC-1164-L10-04

Cherepy, N.a, Payne, S.A., Hawrami, R. , Burger, A., Boatner, L., Van Loef, E., Shah, K., Prospects for high energy resolution gamma ray spectroscopy with europium-doped strontium iodide, 2009 MRS Spring Meeting; San Francisco, CA; 14 April 2009 through 16 April 2009; Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings ISBN 978-160511137-7, Volume 1164, 2010, Pages 179-184, DOI: 10.1557/PROC-1164-L11-04

Pan, Z., James, K., Cui, Y., Burger, A., Cherepy, N., Payne, S.A., Ueda, A., Aga Jr., R., Mu, R., Morgan, S.H., Tb-doped aluminosilicate oxyfluoride scintillating glass and glass-ceramic, 2009 MRS Spring Meeting; San Francisco, CA; 14 April 2009 through 16 April 2009; Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings ISBN 978-160511137-7, Volume 1164, 2010, Pages 115-120, DOI: 10.1557/PROC-1164-L09-03

Community and Professional Service

  • Member Representative to Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Board, 2010-present
  • Associate and Senior Editor, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 2005-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Crystal Growth, 2009-present
  • During 2006-09 I was elected and served as Vice Chair, Chair and Immediate Past Chair of the Fisk University Faculty Assembly and as Faculty Member of the Fisk University Board of Trustees, 2007-08
  • Co-chair, Annual International Conference on Hard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detector Physics, 2003-present 
  • Co-chair, Materials Research Society (MRS) Symposium on Nuclear Radiation Detection Materials, 2007, 2009
  • Member of  the SPIE’s Engineering, Science and Technology Policy (ESTeP) Committee, 2007
  • Chairman of the Steering Committee of the SPIE International Technical Group on Penetrating Radiation, 1999-2000

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Arnold BurgerArnold Burger
Professor of Physics

B.Sc. in Physics/Math, 1976
M.Sc. in Materials Science, 1981
Ph.D. in Materials Science, 1985
all from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

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