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Dr. Sam Keramati

Postdoctoral Researcher
Interests Ultrafast electron diffraction and application of laser technology in medical sciences

My research interests, broadly speaking, fall in the area of ultrafast physics. Part of my focus is on ultrafast electron diffraction (UED), where femtosecond pulses of free electrons, produced in a high-vacuum chamber through the photoelectric effect, undergo scattering from solid crystalline samples. This enables us to study various fundamental phenomena at the atomic scale within sub-picosecond time intervals. We are constructing a new compact electron gun vacuum chamber for high-resolution UED experiments with enhanced signal-to-noise ratios.

I am also involved with a collaborative effort aimed at developing a non-invasive surgical scalpel driven by specifically designed laser pulses to access cancer anywhere in the body. On top of this, through another collaborative effort, I am invested in research on using this same tool in order to tackle neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

I earned my PhD in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, where I worked on electron/electron coincidence experiments using ultrafast few-electron pulses to detect mutual Coulomb and Pauli force repulsive effects, and also developed a plasmonic fiber-optic-based electron nanotip source in collaboration with colleagues at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I continued work as a postdoctoral researcher in the same department for two years before coming to the University of Toronto, focused on developing GaAs-based ultrashort nanotip sources of spin-polarized free electrons (e.g. by ion-beam-milling) to be characterized by Mott electron-nuclear scattering. I earned my B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Tehran, and M.Sc. in Photonics from the Laser and Plasma Research Institute, Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.