Stiliana Antonova

Lecturer in Physics

I received my bachelor's degree in Physics from Sofia University, Bulgaria, in 1987 with a minor in, hmm, journalism. My research in Experimental Physics started at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Electronics and continued later at the R&D division of one of the largest Eastern European companies producing microelectronic devices. After a brief  "Physics free" period, when I was a journalist in a local newspaper, I came to the United States - and back to physics - as a graduate student at Temple University, Philadelphia. There, the laser lab of Prof. Marjatta Lyyra with its "state-of-the-art" equipment fascinated me. Learning to operate lasers and seeing the quantum mechanics of molecules "in action" was lots of fun. Our work on spectroscopy and dynamics of diatomic lithium molecules resulted in a few papers and one Ph.D thesis (mine). After graduation, my interest in molecular dynamics led me to the Ohio State University, where in 1997-1998 I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Chemistry, in the lab of an excellent scientist and a person, Prof. George McBane. There we "collided" supersonic beams of molecules  in an apparatus which is one of the few of its kind in the world, and "probed" the resulting molecular states with a laser. Before coming to Barnard, I taught physics for two years at Bryn Mawr College. Here is a list of my publications.

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