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Gluskin of ASD Elected to AAAS Fellowship


Argonne physicist Efim Gluskin has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Each year, the AAAS elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” Gluskin is currently the Magnetic Devices Group Leader in the Argonne Accelerator Systems Division (ASD), and is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow,

Gluskin’s election to AAAS fellowship underscores his role as one of a handful of scientists who were instrumental in “the development of ultra-bright x-ray sources utilized at third generation synchrotron sources and x-ray lasers, used by thousands of scientists from around the world,” as noted by the AAAS in announcing Gluskin’s election. The honor also recognizes his later work in the evolution of the first x-ray free-electron laser, the Linac Cohrent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

“This is clear recognition of Efim's contributions to the huge success of x-ray science,” said Sasha Zholents, Ditector of the Accelerator Systems Division.

The undulator insertion devices developed for the APS have seen use at research facilities worldwide as reliable sources of synchrotron x-rays. The superb quality of the LCLS undulator line built by the APS team led by Gluskin guaranteed the remarkable performance of this new fourth-generation x-ray facility, its record short commissioning time, and flawless operations.

“Research centers such as the APS, the LCLS, and the other Office of Science synchrotron light sources are extremely important to our country’s future” Gluskin said. “I have been gratified by the opportunities I’ve had to contribute to these excellent facilities and the science they support.”

Gluskin received his Masters in Physics with top honors from Novosibirsk University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Siberian Division of Academy of Sciences in 1974.

He began his career at Argonne and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) in 1990 as a physicist, rising through the management ranks as first a group leader and then Accelerator Systems Division Director.

Prior to joining the APS, Gluskin was a Senior Physicist and Synchrotron Radiation Group Leader at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics a Novosibirsk, an Associate Professor a Novosibirsk University, and a Physicist at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry in Novosibirsk.

His research interests span a wide range of topics, from the aforementioned insertion devices for third- and fourth-generation synchrotron radiation sources to optical elements and multilayer mirrors, x-ray monochromators, optical klystrons and vacuum ultraviolet lasers, absolute photometry and radiometry, and x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy.

Gluskin was elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society in 2002. He serves or has served on a variety of committees and boards, including the Committee on International Scientific Affairs of the American Physical Society, the International Scientific Advisory Committees for the Photon Factory in Japan, the International Advisory Committee for the Pohang Light Source in South Korea, the International Advisory Board of VUV Physics Conferences, and the Editorial Board of the Review Scientific Instruments. He has held visiting positions at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser GmbH and the BESSY-1 synchrotron radiation facility in Germany; the Daresbury Laboratory, United Kingdom; the Laboratoire pour l'Utilisation de Rayonnement Synchrotron in France; the Lab. Nazionali di Frascati in Italy; and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource in the U.S. He is author or co-author on an extensive list of refereed journal articles and conference papers.

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