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Carlos Rudamas

Prof. Carlos Rudamas

Escuela de Física, Universidad de El Salvador, El Salvador


Prof. Carlos Rudamas obtained his first degree in physics (Licenciatura en física) at the Universidad de El Salvador with a licenciatura-thesis about the generation of color centers (F-centers) with X-Rays. After that, he was awarded a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship to continue his studies in physics at the Universität Bremen in Germany. He started here research on the optical properties of quantum semiconductor structures. During his stay in Germany he had the opportunity to prepare his PhD dissertation within a European Doctorate Program. This enables him to go to the Material Science Institute of the Universitat de València, Spain and also to the Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics (now Laboratory Pierre Aigrain) of the École Normal Supérieure in Paris, France. He obtained his European PhD in physics for research conducted on the optical characterization of quantum semiconductor structures (quantum wells and quantum dots) for diode laser. During this time Prof. Rudamas obtained also a Diplom-Physiker degree from the Universität Bremen. Following his PhD, he was awarded a Max Planck Fellowship to carry out postdoctoral research on femtosecond spectroscopy and vibrational dynamics in small molecules in reverse micelles at the Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen, Germany. He continued this research in a second postdoctoral stay at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. After these years in Germany, Spain and France, Prof. Rudamas received job offers from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, USA, and from the Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi in Rome, Italy. However, he decided to go back home accepting another job offer from the Universidad de El Salvador. Here he founded a research group at the physics department. Prof. Rudamas and the members of his research group are conducting research applying optical spectroscopy techniques in solid state physics, environmental physics and biophysics, namely, the optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures for solar cells, atmospheric pollution, and the optical properties of cancer cells and mycorrhizal structures.