Wayne Saslow headshot
College Station TAMU

Home    /    Directory    /    Profile

Wayne Saslow

Faculty: Professor


MPHY 455 (main office)


Professor Saslow's research is in the theory of condensed matter physics.Currently this includes: spintronics (Spin Hall Effect; spin-pumping and spin transfer torque); magnetism in thin films; charge transport in multi-carrier systems (including semiconductors, mixed ionic-electronic conductors, and biological systems); electrical properties of small systems (e.g., quantum dots, buckyballs, thin wires, nanotubes). He has also published in: random magnetic systems (spin glasses, disordered ferromagnets, and re-entrant spin glasses); superfluidity in 3He and 4He; and transport processes at low temperatures.This work comprises well over 100 research articles -- many of them single author.He has also written 10 pedagogical articles, three of which have made the American Journal of Physics' Most Memorable list.He has also written an introductory textbook for well-prepared physics majors and honors students: ""Electricity, Magnetism, and Light"". In addition to careful treatments of the usual topics, it contains retro but correct treatments (a la J. J. Thomson) of voltaic cells, and of the exterior magnetic fields of magnets via magnetic poles; nineteenth century (e.g. J. C. Maxwell) derivations of the laws of the magnetism of electric currents; and discusses the successes and failures (in light of quantum mechanics) of the electric fluid model.

Latest Publications

Wayne M. Saslow. “Voltaic Cells: The Good (Faraday), the Bad (Volta), and the Ugly (Galvani).” The Physics Teacher, 59(1), 22--26, Jan 2021.

Wayne M. Saslow. “A History of Thermodynamics: The Missing Manual.” Entropy, 22(1), 77, Jan 2020.

Wayne M Saslow. “Entropy uniqueness determines temperature.” European Journal of Physics, 41(5), 055101, Aug 2020.

Maja Kr cčmar and Wayne M. Saslow. “Irreversible thermodynamics and Shockley recombination velocity: Application to photoabsorption near a surface.” Phys. Rev. B, 97(8), 085308, Feb 2018.

Chen Sun and Wayne M. Saslow. “Strongly coupled modes of M and H for perpendicular resonance.” Phys. Rev. B, 97(17), 174411, May 2018.

Awards & Recognition

  • Fellow (2005)
  • Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (1995)