Alan I. Goldman

Iowa State University
Ames Laboratory
Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering
A 501 Physics Addition
Ames, IA 50011-3160

Ph: 515-294-3585
Fx: 515-294-0689


Alan I. Goldman

Current Position

  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, 2007.
  • Senior Physicist, Ames Laboratory US DOE, 1994.


  • 2007 - 2008   Interim Director, Ames Laboratory
  • 2004 - 2008   Associate Laboratory Director for Science and Technology, Ames Laboratory
  • 1999 - 2002   Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University
  • 1994 - 2007   Professor, Iowa State University
  • 1994 - 2007   Senior Physicist, Ames Laboratory
  • 1990 - 1994   Associate Professor, Iowa State University
  • 1988 - 1990   Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
  • 1984 - 1988   Associate Scientist, Neutron Scattering Group, Brookhaven National Laboratory


  • Ph.D. Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook 1984
  • M.A. Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook 1980
  • B.S. Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook 1979


  • Chair, Sector Six Beamline Advisory Committee, 2009-present
  • APS Proposal Review Panel, Argonne, 2011-present
  • Director, Midwest Universities Collaborative Access Team at the APS, 1994-2008
  • Reviewer, Basic Energy Sciences at Argonne National Lab, 1998 
  • APS Users Organization Steering Committee, 1991-1996


  • The application of x-ray and neutron scattering techniques to study the structure and dynamics of condensed matter systems.  In particular, my group has focused on: (1) developing magnetic x-ray scattering as a tool for understanding magnetic phase transitions and the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity; (2) high-resolution x-ray scattering measurements of structure and disorder in quasicrystals and; (3) probing the structure of deeply undercooled liquids using electrostatically levitation and high-energy x-rays.


  • I have been involved with the operation of beam lines at the APS for over 15 years and served as the director of the µ-CAT collaboration (sector 6).   I have applied both x-ray scattering and spectroscopy techniques at 6-ID, and several other APS beam lines, to understand phenomena in a wide variety of condensed matter physics.   I have also been a user of neutron and x-ray facilities worldwide, including the NSLS, ESRF, SNS, HFIR, BENSC, ISIS and ILL.   My goals are to use this broad experience with both techniques and facilities to provide a voice for the APS user community on how to improve the APS as if moves forward with its upgrade plan.  I believe that the APS is the premier synchrotron radiation source in the United States and should emphasize its strengths in the higher energy portion of the x-ray spectrum.