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Kristen Burson

Kristen Burson
Kristen Burson

Assistant Professor of Physics

Taylor Science Center G053

Kristen Burson has conducted research on the atomic scale structure of glass at the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany through an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship. She earned her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Maryland, where she studied the surface structure and properties of novel materials for nanoelectronics using scanning probe microscopy. Burson then taught physics for a year at Gettysburg College as a visiting assistant professor. In addition to her scientific interests, she has published on students’ perceptions of office hours and has been involved in physics education outreach, particularly focused on promoting women in physics. Burson grew up in Nebraska and received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

Recent Courses Taught

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
Survey of Physics I

Select Publications

  • KM Burson, P Schlexer, C Büchner, L Lichtenstein, M Heyde, H-J Freund, "Characterizing Crystalline-Vitreous Structures: From Atomically Resolved Silica to Macroscopic Bubble Rafts," Journal of Chemical Education, published online (2015)
  • KM Burson, CR Dean, P Kim, K Watanabe, T Taniguchi, S Adam, W G Cullen, MS Fuhrer, "Direct Imaging of Charged Impurity Density in Common Graphene Substrates," Nano Letters 13 (8), 3576 (2013)
  • KM Burson, Y Wei, W G Cullen, MS Fuhrer, J E Reutt-Robey, "Potential Steps at C6o-Ti0Pc-Ag(III) Interfaces: OnContact Scanning Probe Metrology," Nano Letters 12 (6), 2859 (2012)
  • KM Burson, M Yamamoto, and W G Cullen, "Modeling C-AFM Resolution on Corrugated Surface" Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 3, 230 (2012)
  • W G Cullen, M Yamamoto, KM Burson, "High Resolution Microscopy ofSi02 and the Structure of Si02- Supported Graphene", Am. Soc. of Mech. Eng. Computers and Information in Eng. Conference Proceeding (2011)
  • W G Cullen, M Yamamoto, KM Burson, J H Chen, C Jang, L Li, MS Fuhrer and ED Williams," High-fidelity conformation of graphene to Si02 topographic features" Phys Rev Letters 105 (21), 215504 (2010).

Appointed to the Faculty: 2016

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.S., University of Maryland
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College

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