Accelerator scientist Gluskin elected AAAS Fellow

By Jared SagoffDecember 6, 2011

ARGONNE, Ill.—Argonne physicist Efim Gluskin has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Each year, the AAAS elects members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." Gluskin is currently the Magnetic Devices Group Leader in the Argonne Accelerator Systems Division, and is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow.

Gluskin's election to AAAS fellowship underscores his role as one of a handful of scientists who were instrumental in "the development of ultra-bright X-ray sources utilized at third generation synchrotron sources and X-ray lasers, used by thousands of scientists from around the world," as noted by the AAAS in announcing Gluskin's election. The honor also recognizes his later work in the evolution of the first X-ray free-electron laser, the Linac Cohrent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

The undulator insertion devices that Gluskin helped to develop for Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) have seen use at research facilities worldwide as reliable sources of synchrotron X-rays. The superb quality of the LCLS undulator line built by the APS team led by Gluskin guaranteed the remarkable performance of this new fourth-generation X-ray facility, its record short commissioning time, and flawless operations.

"Research centers such as the APS, the LCLS and the other Office of Science synchrotron light sources are extremely important to our country's future," Gluskin said. "I have been gratified by the opportunities I've had to contribute to these excellent facilities and the science they support."

Gluskin received his Masters' degree in physics with top honors from Novosibirsk University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Siberian Division of Academy of Sciences in 1974.

He began his career at Argonne and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) in 1990 as a physicist, rising through the management ranks as first a group leader and then Accelerator Systems Division Director.

Gluskin was also elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society in 2002.

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