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Petersen earns Danish Academy award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 20, 2001 — Lars Petersen, a Wigner fellow working with the Solid State Division at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has earned an award from the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences for his outstanding doctoral thesis of 1999.

The title of the thesis is "Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of the Electronic Structure of Metal Surfaces."

Petersen is working at ORNL under a Wigner Fellowship with Ward Plummer and David Zehner of the Solid State Division. The threesome are studying surface physics.

Petersen earned a doctorate from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. His undergraduate work concentrated in physics and chemistry.

While working at the University of Aarhus and the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne, Petersen probed surface electronic properties using scanning tunneling microscopy.