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Lou Bloomfield is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the behavior of small collections of atoms and their relationship to individual atoms and bulk materials. He teaches physics for non-scientists in the context of objects, a case-study approach he calls "How Things Work."



Louis A. Bloomfield is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1983 and was a postdoctoral fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories before arriving at the University of Virginia in 1985. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research in atomic, condensed matter, and optical physics, including the Apker Award of the American Physical Society, a Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, a Young Investigator Award of the Office of Naval Research, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Bloomfield has also been widely recognized for his teaching of physics and science to thousands of non-science students at the University of Virginia and is the recipient of a 1998 State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2001 Pegram Medal of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society. He is the author of over 100 publications in the fields of atomic clusters, autoionizing states, high-resolution laser spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, computer science, and general science literacy, and of an introductory textbook entitled How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life, 4th Edition (Wiley, New York, 2010) and a book for general readership entitled How Everything Works: Making Physics Out of the Ordinary (Wiley, New York, 2008).

Bloomfield also works extensively with professional societies and the media to explain physics to the general public. He frequently serves as a physics consultant and as an expert witness on legal matters that require a broad understanding of physics and scientific issues.

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Louis A. Bloomfield
Professor of Physics
Box 400714
382 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4714

Tel: (434) 924-6595
Fax: (434) 924-4576
Email: lab3e@virginia.edu

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