Robert E. Thorne

Robert E. Thorne




Department of Physics
529A Clark Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2703


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B.Sc., 1981, University of Manitoba. Ph.D., 1987, University of Illinois at Urbana. Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell, 1988-1994. Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell, 1994-2000. Professor, Physics, Cornell, 2000-present. Presidential Young Investigator, 1988-1993. Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1988-1990.

Research Description

Materials physics problems in structural genomics. New technologies for macromolecular crystal growth and crystallography. Physics of cryopreservation of biological samples. Recovering ancient Greek and Roman inscriptions. Physics and nonlinear dynamics of density waves and vortex lattices. Physics education and pre-service teacher training.


"Hyperquenching for Protein Crystallography," M. Warkentin, V. Berejnov, and R. E. Thorne, J. Appl. Cryst. (in press).
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"Quantifying X-ray radiation damage in protein crystals at cryogenic temperatures," J. Kmetko, N. S. Husseini, M. Naides, Y. Kalinin and R. E. Thorne, Acta Cryst. D 62, 1030-1038 (2006). [pdf format]

"In-chain tunneling through charge-density-wave nanoconstrictions and break junctions," K. O'Neill, E. Slot, R. E. Thorne and H. S. J. van der Zant, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 096402 (2006). [pdf format]

"Effects of cryoprotectant concentration and cooling rate on vitrification of aqueous solutions," V. Berejnov, N. S. Husseini, O. A., Alsaied and R . E. Thorne, J. Appl. Cryst. 39, 244-251 (2006).

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"Shear modulus and plasticity of a driven charge density wave," A. F. Isakovic, P. G. Evans, J. Kmetko, K. Cicak, Z. Cai, B. Lai and R. E. Thorne, Phys. Rev. Lett.  96, 046401 (2006). [pdf format]

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