Faculty


Christopher Gould

Professor of Physics

Contact Information
E-mail: gould@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1101
Office: SSC 204

LINKS
Personal Website
 

Education

  • B.S. Physics, Stanford University, 6/1973
  • M.S. Physics, Cornell University, 1/1979
  • Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, 1/1979

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Professor, University of Southern California, 1993-  
    • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 1986-1993  
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 1981-1986  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Gould's research interests center around the work of his lab, the Ultralow Temperature Physics group, which he co-leads with Hans Bozler. It is one of only a few laboratories in the world capable of examining the properties of matter at temperatures less than one one-thousandth of a degree above absolute zero. The most significant research area for the group has been a long-term program of study of the superfluid phases of liquid 3He, including precision thermodynamic, dynamic magnetic, and hydrodynamic studies. In addition to this the ULT group is studying the strong magnetism induced in normally weakly magnetic 3He when placed next to walls, and issues regarding electron transport in metallic systems at ultralow temperatures. The group has a long history of developing ultralow temperature measurement techniques, and is presently developing instruments based upon single electron transistors and superconducting quantum interference devices.
    Research Keywords
    ultralow temperature physics, superfluid 3He, liquid 3He, precision thermodynamic measurements, hydrodynamics
    Research Specialties
    Ultralow temperature experimental physics

    Honors and Awards

    • California Museum of Science and Industry Commendation, 1993-  
    • California Museum of Science and Industry Commendation, 1991-  
    • USC Mortar Board Teaching Award, 1987-  
    • Sloan Research Fellowship Recipient, 1983-  

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, 2012-  

    Service to the Profession


    Committees
    • Chair, Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, 2006-2008  
    • Member, Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, 2005-2007  
    • Member, National Committee of the Twenty-Third International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT23) held in Orlando, Florida, August 2005., 2003-2005  

    Professional Offices
    • Member, Judging Advisory Committee, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, 2010-  
    • Director of Student Affairs, California State Science Fair, 2001-  
    • Chair, Judging, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, 2013-2014   
    • Chair, Judging, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, 2010-2011   

    Professional Memberships
    • American Physical Society, 1973-  

    Reviewer for Publication
    • American Journal of Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers, The leading journal of physics education at the graduate and undergraduate level, 2006-  
    • Physical Review, American Physical Society, One of the leading physics research journals, 1978-  
    • Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, One of the leading physics research journals, 1978-  

    Other Service to the Profession
    • Member, Advisory Committee, "Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold," a PBS miniseries originally broadcast on Nova in January 2008., 2005-2008  
    • California Department of Education, Content Review Panelist for the 2006 Science Primary Adoption, 2005-2007  




  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Southern California
  • 825 Bloom Walk
  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484