Roger Falcone


Roger FalconeRoger Falcone has been a physics professor at the University of California, Berkeley since 1983. He chaired the department from 1995-2000, and is an affiliated faculty member of Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group. He has been the director of the Advanced Light Source x-ray synchrotron facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab since 2006.

Falcone received his A.B. in Physics (1974) from Princeton, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1979) from Stanford, and was a Marvin Chodorow Fellow in Applied Physics (1980-83) at Stanford.

He serves on the Science and Technology Committee for the Board of Governors of Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore Labs; chairs the Advisory Board for Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland; is director of the UC Institute for Materials Dynamics at Extreme Conditions; was Co-Chair of the NSF-DMR Committee for the report: NSF Materials 2022; and is past member of the APS Panel on Public Affairs.

Falcone chairs the faculty advisory committee for Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science; was a founding trustee of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center in his hometown; was co-faculty director of California Teach at Berkeley, a program training science and math undergraduates to become K-12 teachers; and was elected to his local school board.

Falcone is a Fellow of APS, OSA, and AAAS. He shared the APS Szilard Lectureship (2005) with the APS Study Group for National Missile Defense; shared the Halbach Prize for Instrumentation at the ALS, LBNL (2000) with R.W. Schoenlein; was a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer of the APS Laser Science Topical Group (1992-93); and received a Young Investigator Award from the NSF (1984).

Falcone's research primarily involves the interaction of intense light and x-rays with matter, and he has co-authored over 150 publications. He uses lasers to create and probe plasmas, to study chemical dynamics in gas phase, and to compress matter to pressures near a billion atmospheres. His experiments range from those involving single students in university labs, to teams at large-scale national lab facilities, including the NIF laser at LLNL, the ALS synchrotron at LBNL, the OMEGA laser at LLE, and the LCLS laser at SLAC. He has developed technologies and techniques to study matter at extreme conditions using ultrashort-pulse lasers and fast detectors.