Charles Elbaum

Research Professor


Professor Elbaum received the Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Toronto and at Harvard University before joining the faculty at Brown University in 1959. He then also conducted research at the University of Paris. Professor Elbaum was a frequent advisor to government and industrial research laboratories and was a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor Elbaum served as Chairperson of the Physics Department from 1980 to 1986. In 1991 he was appointed the Hazard Professor of Physics.


Condensed Matter at Low Temperatures (properties of solid and liquid helium; crystal defects and their interactions; diffusion in solids; nonlinear processes in solids and the generation of higher harmonics of ultrasonic waves; electron-phonon and phonon-


"Relaxation and Vacancy Diffusion in 4He Freezing in Porous Media", (with J.R. Beamish, A. Hikata and N. Mulders), Phys. Rev. B44, 9314 (1991).

"A Novel Magnetoacoustic Interaction in Partially Spin Ordered Gadolinium Alloys...", (with J. Takeuchi, A. Hikata and M.J. McKenna), Solid State Comm. 87, 95 (1993).

"Ultrasonic Studies of Condensed Matter..." J. Alloys and Compounds, 123, 20 (1994).

"Acoustic Studies of High Temperature Superconductors", Proc. 15th International Congress on Acoustics (Trondheim, Norway, June 1995), Vol. I, 341 (1995).

"Nucleation of a Non-Equilibrium Phase in a First Order Phase Transition; BCC Helium-Four from the Superfluid", (with T.A. Johnson), J. Low Temp. Phys. 107, 317 (1997).

"Nucleation of a Non-Equilibrium Phases in a First Order Transition in Helium Four" (with T.A. Johnson). Proceedings of Pan-Pacific Workshop on Microgravity Science, Tokyo, Japan, July 8-11, 1998.

"Out of Equilibrium Nucleation in the Solidification of Helium" (with T.A. Johnson), Phys. Rev. E62, 975 (2000).