(Association of Korean Physicists in America)


1. Reopening of AKPA Web Site

2. Announcement of Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA)

3. Amendment of AKPA Charter

4. AKPA Membership Dues and Contributions

5. News from the Korean Physical Society

6. International Conferences and Workshops in Korea

7. Solicitation of articles for the AKPA News Letter

8. Opening for post-doctoral positions


Dear AKPA members.

I hope this message finds you in good health and well being. We share our deep sympathy with the victims and their families following the unspeakably evil act of violence which took place on September 11, 2001. I would like to encourage you to share any news, thoughts or experience with our members during these uncertain times.

I hope that some of the following news items may be of interest to you.

Best wishes,

Sungkwun Lyo

AKPA president

1. Reopening of AKPA Web Site

Recently, we have reopened the AKPA Web site (www.akpa.org) and are in the

process of rebuilding it. Dr. Hoydoo You (Publicity and Editorial Secretary, Argonne

National Lab) has spent many hours to solve some technical problems which occurred last year during transfer from the site at Oklahoma State U. To avoid future repetitions of the same problem, we have decided to keep the Web at a

permanent commercial cite in the future without having to move the site annually following the transition of the AKPA presidency. We have appointed Dr. Chun-Yeol You (Argonne National Lab) as the AKPA Web master (cyyou@anl.gov) to work with Dr. Hoydoo You. We are fortunate to find Dr. C. Y. You. He is a graduate of KAIST and is very well qualified for the job. We thank them both for their willingness to help AKPA.

2. Announcement of 9th Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA)

The purpose of this award is to recognize and promote excellence in research by outstanding young ethnic Korean physicists in North America who are working at research-doctorate institutions, and industrial and government laboratories.

QUALIFICATION and NOMINATION: Candidates are limited to those who received their doctoral degree after January 1, 1997, and are to be nominated by the Chair or Head of the Department where they are employed or by the candidate's former thesis advisor in a letter detailing the importance and impact of the candidate's work. Supporting documents should include the candidate's curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2001 for nomination and December 31, 2001 for supporting documents. The awardee will be selected by the Awards Committee consisting of

Dr. Taeil Bai (Standford U.) (Stanford U.)

Prof. Cheung Ryong Ji (North Carolina State University)

Dr. Kwang Je Kim (Argonne National Laboratory)

Prof. Young Hoon Kim (U. Cincinnati)

Prof. Jin-Joo Song (Oklahoma State)

Prof. Yung Kee Yeo (Air Force Inst. of Tech, chair)

PRESENTATION: The award in the amount of $1,000 will be presented at the AKPA annual meeting to be held in Indianapolis, IN during March 18 - 22, 2002.

Nominations and supporting documents are to be sent to

Dr. S. K. Lyo,

MS 1415, PO Box 5800,

Sandia National Laboratories,

Albuquerque, NM 87185-1415,

Tel: (505) 855-3718,

Fax: (505) 844-1197,

e-mail: sklyo@sandia.gov.

For the OYRA Announcement, also visit <http://www.akpa.org/>.

3. Amendment of AKPA Charter

We are in the process of voting for the amendment of the AKPA charter and by-laws. The following are the proposed changes and justifications:

First, times have changed and many organizations (including the American Physical Society (APS)) are replacing mail-in voting by Web- voting to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency. We want to propose to amend our by-laws to permit Web voting (starting immediately). Second, there is an urgent need to change the terms of the president and officers from the current one year to two years (starting from May 1, 2003). Under the current system, a president leaves the office as soon as (s)he learns the job without achieving much and misses the opportunity to contribute significantly to improving AKPA. While a one-year term may be suitable for a large organization such as APS with a large number of members, it is not good for the strength of a small organization like AKPA. The majority of the past presidents concurred with this view. Third, there is a need to promote the participation of graduate students in AKPA activities. Therefore we want to introduce a symbolic $5 fee for the student membership to give an opportunity to those students who want to participate in supporting AKPA (effective immediately).

4. AKPA Membership Dues and Contributions

AKPA relies on your membership dues and donations.

The membership fee is $25 for regular members and $5 for graduate students (proposed).

Please send your check payable to AKPA (or Association of Korean Physicists in America) to

Dr. Hyun Yim

MS 1411

PO Box 5800

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM 87185

5. News from the Korean Physical Society

The Korean Physical Society (KPS) held the Fall Meeting at ChonNam National University during Oct.19 - 20, 2001. The KPS will celebrate its 50th anniversary at Hanyang University during the Fall Meeting Oct 14 - 16, 2002 in Seoul. The program includes lectures by three Nobel laureates, Steven Chu (Stanford Univ.), R. Smalley (Rice Univ.), and L. M. Lederman (Fermi Lab.). There will be three special symposia on (1) Nano Science and Technology, (2) Optical Technology, and (3) Physics Education.

6. International Conferences and Workshops in Korea

(provided by Yubin Yim, Information Center for Physics Research,


Title: Quantum Computation and Quantum Information

Period: November 1-3, 2001

Venue: KIAS International Conference Hall, Seoul, Korea

Period: November 5-6, 2001

Venue: Postech & KAIST

Homepage : http://www.kias.re.kr/QuantumComp/

Contact & Request to: Choi, Mahn-Soo (KIAS)

(e-mail: choims@kias.re.kr)

Title: APCTP Dense Matter School

Period : November 19 ? November 22

Venue : APCTP at POSTECH, Pohang, Kyungbuk, Korea

Homepage: http://beauty.phys.pusan.ac.kr/dense/

Contact : dkhong@beauty.phys.pusan.ac.kr

Request to : Hong, Deog-Ki

(e-mail: dkhong@pnu.edu)

7. Solicitation of articles for the AKPA News Letter

We are in the process of preparing for the next AKPA News Letter and asking for your contribution.

If you have any newsworthy items or job opening announcement,

please feel free to send them to S. K. Lyo (sklyo@sandia.gov).

8. Job Opening

8.1 Postdoctoral research position in experimental condensed matter physics

contact information: Dr. Michael Lilly, mplilly@sandia.gov phone:

(505)-844-4395, FAX: (505)-844-1197, Sandia National Laboratories,

P.O. Box 5800, MS 1415, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1415

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Sandia National

Laboratories to study low temperature quantum transport phenomena of 2D

electron systems and nanoscale devices. Specific interests include

coupled quantum wires, bilayer electron-hole systems and novel device

applications. State-of-the-art facilities are available at Sandia for

materials growth, fabrication and measurements. The successful candidate

should have a recent Ph.D. in condensed matter physics or applied

physics. Experience with low temperature techniques and/or transport

measurements is desirable. This position is available immediately, and

the search will continue until the position is filled. To apply, send a

CV including a publication list and three letters of recommendation to

the above address. Equal Opportunity Employer M/D/F/V.


(US citizenship or permanent residency is preferred, but not required.)

The Department of Engineering Physics at the Air Force Institute of

Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral position at the Air Force

Institute of Technology in Experimental semiconductor physics. The research

associate must have doctoral degree in physics, materials science, or

electrical engineering. The successful candidate will perform electrical and

optical characterization of group-III nitrides such as GaN and AlGaN, and

SiC using Hall effect, deep level transient spectroscopy, and

photoluminescence measurement techniques. A background in wide bandgap

semiconductors and their electrical and optical characterization techniques

are therefore desirable. This research program will contribute to an

existing Air Force effort to develop wide bandgap semiconductor materials.

Opportunities will be provided for interaction with Air Force Research

Laboratory scientists at Wright-Patterson AFB. Selection of candidates will

be based on demonstrated creativity, intellectual strength, and experience.

US citizenship or permanent residency is preferred, but not required. The

appointment will be for a period of one year with a possible extension for

additional years. The starting date is flexible. Interested applicants

should send their curriculum vita including a list of publications and the

names and addresses of three references to Prof. Yung Kee Yeo, Dept of

Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology/ENP, 2950 P Street,

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765; email: Yung.Yeo@afit.edu; Fax: (937)

255-2921. The Air Force Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity,

affirmative action employer.

8.3 Experimental Physicist or Electrical Engineer

Ready to discover creative solutions to persistent problems in space science and engineering? Prepared to join a highly disciplined research team of innovative professionals dedicated to safeguarding America's defense? Looking to apply all the problem-solving skills acquired through years of education and experience? If so, the Air Force Research Laboratory is looking for YOU! (Position will be available in November 2001)

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Space-Based Infrared Technology Branch, Advanced Detectors Research Group in Albuquerque, NM has an opening for an experimentalist with a physics or electrical engineering background. The group presently is composed of eight researchers and three laboratories, and performs research in quantum well heterostructure devices (mainly detectors, but also structures that may aid in the detection process). Our future plans are to begin research in areas such as quantum wires, quantum dots, organic polymers, and nanotube structures, all as they relate to possible space-based detector applications. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen and should have considerable experimental background in and knowledge of one or more of the following topics: opto-electronic semiconductor devices, infrared sensing, solid state physics, and/or semiconductor heterostructure physics. Significant ability to devise and perform experiments relating to the optical and electrical characterization of semiconductor devices is important, and experience in high vacuum, cryogenic, and/or radiation environments is useful. A Ph.D. in Physics or Electrical Engineering is preferred, however years of experience will also be considered. For technical questions about this position, contact Dr. David Cardimona at (505)846-5807 or dave.cardimona@kirtland.af.mil. For hiring-process questions, contact Lisa Rader at (505)846-7770 or lisa.rader@kirtland.af.mil. To apply, or to read the job announcement, go to usajobs.opm.gov.