ASU emeritus professor celebrates 90th birthday with international recognition

December 14, 2018

Ernst Bauer, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the Physics Department, has been recognized for his lifelong work and his invention of the low energy electron microscope, or LEEM.

The 11th LEEM/PEEM Workshop, a biennial international workshop bringing together participants from 18 countries, dedicated this year’s conference to Bauer in honor of his 90th birthday. Ernst Bauer Ernst Bauer, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in ASU's Physics Department. Download Full Image

The workshop, held this year in Chongqing, China, at the beginning of November, highlighted the most recent developments in surface microscopy with low energy electrons and related techniques and technologies. Bauer was the featured honorary lecturer of the event, which comprised five days of presentations, poster sessions and workshops. ASU physics Professor John Spence also spoke at the event as a distinguished guest lecturer.

The workshop proceedings will be published as a special issue in the Ultramicroscopy journal as a Festschrift in Honor to Bauer.

Bauer received his master's and doctoral physics degrees from Munich University in Germany. Over the years, he served as the head of several physics programs, both in the United States and Germany, until he was appointed Distinguished Research Professor at ASU.

His interest areas are in surface science and thin films, and he has contributed monumentally to these fields. In 1958, he derived the classification of the thin film growth mechanisms, which he called Volmer-Weber, Stranski-Krastanov and Frank-van der Merwe mechanisms. These provided the framework used to understand epitaxy worldwide to this day. In 1962, he invented LEEM. This unique image surfacing method provides the advantage of observing surface structure and dynamic processes in real space and real time at sample temperatures up to 1500 Kelvin. Subsequent new methods have allowed a comprehensive (structural, chemical, magnetic, electronic) characterization of surfaces and thin films on the 10 nanometer scale.

His work directly or indirectly impacts many areas of modern materials science: surfaces, thin films, electronic materials, catalysis and instrumentation. The invention and development of surface microscopy with slow electrons has revolutionized the study of surface science and thin film science. He has received many honors and served on many boards and committees throughout his distinguished career. Visit his full biography for more details.

Dominique Perkins

Events and Communications Coordinator, Department of Physics


Sundance Film Festival to screen film written by ASU professor

December 14, 2018

The Sundance Film Festival announced its selection of films for 2019, and one of the feature films includes a screenwriting credit for Greg Bernstein, associate professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Bernstein and his wife, Sara Bernstein, wrote the screenplay for “Official Secrets,” which will have its world premiere at the festival in late January. Photo of Greg Bernstein Greg Bernstein. Download Full Image

Official Secrets” tells the true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun, who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the U.N. Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The movie is directed by Gavin Hood, who is also listed as writer, and stars Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode and Rhys Ifans.

"I am so fortunate and thankful to have a film with such a great cast premiering at Sundance,” Bernstein said. “Most importantly, the film will enable people to learn about a remarkable woman, Katharine Gun, and the very courageous action she took in an attempt to stop the Iraq War from ever happening."

In addition to Bernstein, two other Sun Devils will have projects screening at Sundance. ASU alums and ASU Film Spark  board members Michael Helfant and Alex Witherill are producers for two selected films. Helfant is a producer for “Them That Follow,” and Witherill is an executive producer for “Give Me Liberty.”

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival received a record-breaking 14,259 submissions from 152 countries. The 112 feature-length films selected represent 33 counties. The festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, all in Utah, from Jan. 24 to Feb. 3, 2019.

Sarah A. McCarty

Marketing and communications coordinator, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts