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Dr. A. J. Haija

  • Dr. A. J. Haija

    Weyandt Hall, Room 58
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, Pennsylvania. 15705
    724-357-4589

    haija@iup.edu

    Education

    1. PhD in physics from the Pennsylvania State University, May 1977
      Dissertation Title: Electrical, thermal and optical properties of Ag-SiO Super-lattices

    2. BSc in physics at the University of Alexandria, 1968. Distinction with 1st Honor Degree

    Work Experience

    August 2000–Present: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, IUP, Indiana, Pa.

    Professor at IUP since August 2009

    March 1977–Aug 2000: University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; promotion to professor in August 1999

    Professional Capacities

    1. Director of Astronomy and Space Sciences Institute, Al Al-Bayet, Mafraq, Jordan, 1995-1997

    2. Head of the Department of Physical Sciences, Jordan University for Women, Amman Jordan, 1992–93

    3. Faculty member, Department of Physics, Kuwait University, Kuwait 1989–90

    4. June–August 1991, Vanderbilt University, Visiting Associate Professor, Nashville, Tennessee

    5. Head of the Department of Physics/College of Science and Technology, Jerusalem 1981–82

    Professional Activities

    1. Member of the American Physical Society (1997–present) and the Optical Society of America (2007–10)

    2. Former member of the New York Academy of Sciences

    3. President of the Jordanian Association of Physicists, 1979–81

    4. Selected for inclusion in the Academic Keys Who’s Who in Sciences Higher Education, December 2003 and 2006

    Awards and Scholarships

    1. Distinction with 1st Honor in BSc/Physics degree, University of Alexandria

    2. AID State Department Scholarship channeled through the University of Jordan

    3. Distinguished Faculty Award For Teaching, 2013–14, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, IUP

    Research Work and Professional Skills

    Current interests includes experimental and theoretical studies of the optical properties (reflectivity, transmissivity, and absorptivity) of thin films, multilayer structures, and super-lattices. Materials of interest are semi metallic prepared in thin coatings of thicknesses in the range 50–200 Ǻ. Work involves calculation of values of these properties for thin films and multilayers and the influence of the interfacial layers on these values. Other optical quantities like optical constants, dielectric constants, and optical conductivity of multilayered systems and super-lattices are studied.

    The theoretical computational part of my research is based on the theory of the characteristic matrix technique where each thin film is represented by a characteristic matrix, and hence the whole multilayer system can be represented by an equivalent characteristic matrix with effective optical constants. This has lead to developing the characteristic effective medium approximation for ultra-thin multilayer coatings. The handy features of this technique provides an effective tool to assess any simulated layer system prior to its real fabrication, and hence an immense effort for manufacturing a layer structure, whose optical properties are not known for certain, can be saved until further confirmation of those properties can be made via the transfer technique computations.

    Publications, Translations, Talks, and Reviews

    "Computation of the optical properties of nonideal multilayer structures"; A. J. Abu El-Haija, P. J. McMarr, and A. H. Madjid, Appl. Opt., 18, No 18, 3123 (1979).

    "Optical Properties of very thin, nonideal multilayer superlattice stacks"; A. H. Madjid and A. J. Abu El-Haija, Appl. Opt., 19, No 15, 2612 (1980).

    "D.C. Electrical Conductivity of Ultrathin Ag-SiO superlattices"; A. J. Abu El-Haija and A. H. Madjid, Physica Status. Solidi. (b) 140, 113 (1987).

    "Computation of the Optical Properties and their First Order Derivatives for Multilayer Structures"; A. J. Abu El-Haija and H. Y. Omari, Appl. Phys. Commun., 7, No. 3, 157 (1987).

    "Quantitative analysis of stainless steel using nuclear techniques"; A. J. Abu El-Haija, K. A. Al-Saleh, D. E. Arafeh, N. A. Halim, M. R. Kamal, J. M. Khalifeh, and N. S. Saleh, J. of Materials Science and Engineering, 95, 267 (1987).

    "Enhancement effects in XRF Analysis"; N. S. Saleh, K. A. Al-Saleh, and A. J. Abu El-Haija, JRNC, 120, No 1, 161 (1988).

    “A New Approach on Absorption Effects Using Radioisotope X-Rray Spectrometry"; N. S. Saleh, K. A. Al-Saleh and A. J. Abu El-Haija, JRNC-lett., 118, 177 (1987).

    "Study of Ion Beam Induced Mixing in Sn/Si Systems Using Electrical Resistivity Measurements"; A. J. Abu El-Haija, K. A. Al-Saleh, N. A. Halim, J. M. Khalifeh and N. S. Saleh, JRNC, 120, No. 2, 387 (1988).

    "Study of Ion Beam Induced Mixing in Sb/Si Systems Using Electrical Resistivity "; A. J. Abu El-Haija, K. A. Al-Saleh, N. A. Halim, J. M. Khalifeh and N. S. Saleh, Appl. Phys. Commun., 7(4), 301 (1987).

    • "Measurement of Photon - Induced K X-Ray Cross Sections for Elements with 73 Z £ 82"; N. S. Saleh and A. J. Abu El-Haija, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 21, 3077 (1988).
    • £ Z £ 82 In The Energy Range 17 £ E £ `47"; N. S. Saleh, K. A. Al-Saleh, and A. J. Abu El-Haija, International Journal of Applied Radiation & Isotopes, (1988).

    "Ion Beam Induced Mixing of Cu/Si System Using Electrical Resistivity and RBS Measurements"; A. J. Abu El-Haija, K. A. Al-Saleh, N. A. Halim, J. M. Khalifeh and N.S. Saleh, Physica Status Solidi (a)107, 253 (1988).

    "A.C. Conductivity of Jordanian Rock Wool"; A.J. Abu El-Haija, K.A. Al-Saleh, N. A. Halim, J. M. Khalifeh and N. S. Saleh, Dirasat, Vol XV, 126, No 9 (1988).

    Translation of the following book: K.W. Ford "Classical and Modern Physics" (Wiley, New York and London, 1972), Vol. 2. Translated By: O. H. Sheikh, M. Koufahi and A. J. Abu El-Haija for The Royal Academy of Arabic, 796 pages, Amman, 1987.

    Sciences: Vol I & II–Co-author with a team of five members. The Text has been adopted since 1994 by the Ministry of Education for the 8th Grade in All Public Schools in Jordan,.

    Analysis of the Optical Properties of Thin Films Using The Transmission Line Method” A. J. Abu El-Haija, Optica Applicata, Institute of Physics, Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, Vol XXVII, 121 (1997).

    New Design of a Reflectance Unit for the Measurement of Near-Normal Incidence Reflectivity”, A. J. Abu El-Haija and L. H. Abuhassan, Dirasat, No 2, 25, (1998).

    “The D.C. Electrical Sheet Resistance of Semimetallic Sb Thin Films” A. J. Abu El-Haija, Physica. Status. Solidi. (a), 165, 409 (1998).

    Structural Characterization of Porous Silicon as a Function of Depth”, L.H. Abuhassan, A. J. Abu El-Haija, S. Mahmood, Zain Yamani, and M. H. Nayfeh, Dirasat, 25, No 3 (1998).

    The Basic Optical Properties, Optical Constants and Optical Conductivity of Bismuth Single Thin Films and Bismuth-Copper Bilayer Systems”, A. J. Abu El-Haija, A. A. Rousan, and L. H. Abuhassan, Phys. Stat. Solidi 168, No 2 (1998).

    Depth Profiling of Molecular Infrared Activity in Porous Silicon”, L. H. Abuhassan, A. J. Abu El-Haija, and M. H. Nayfeh, Dirasat, 25, No 3 (1998).

    Electrical Sheet Resistance of Bi Thin Films” I. M. Al-barbarawi, L. H. Abuhassan, and A. J Abu El-Haija, Dirasat, 26, No 2 Aug 1999.

    Translation and/or reviewing and editing numerous articles for MAJALLAT AL-OLOOM (the Arabic Version of "Scientific American") since its foundation in Kuwait, 1986. The following articles were translated after joining IUP:

    (i) Fireballs of Free Quarks, Physics – Elementary Particles - News and Analysis, Scientific American, P 16, April 2000.

    (ii) A Greene Universe, Physicist – Brian Greene - Profile, Scientific American, P 36, April 2000.

    1. “Getting Warmer” By Graham P. Collins, Aug 2003.

    2. “The Search For Dark Matter” By David Cline, Sep 03.

    “Basic Optical Properties: Effective Optical Constants, Skin Depth, Absorption Coefficients and Optical Conductivity of an Ultrathin Ag-SiO Superlattice Identity Period” A. J. Abu El-Haija, A. H. Madjid, and K. A. Wishah, Optica Applicata, Vol XXXI, No 4, 2001.

    I-V characteristics of Ultrathin Ag-SiO Multilayer Structures”, Mohammad A. Al-Share’ and A. J. Abu El-Haija, Physica B 315 (2002).

    Geometric Optics, A. J. Abu El-Haija, Lab Manual Text For The Electro-optics Program, EOPT 110, Text has been adopted for the course starting Fall 2002.

    Wave Optics, A. J. Abu El-Haija, Lab Manual Text For The Electro-optics Program, EOPT 120, Text has been adopted for the course starting Spring 2003.

    “Effective Medium Approximation For The Effective Optical Constants of a Bilayer and a Multilayer Structure Based on The Characteristic Matrix Technique” A. J. Abu El-Haija, J. Applied Physics, Vol. 93, No 6, (2003).

    “Derivation of the characteristic transfer matrix of the interfacial layer in superlattices using the characteristic effective medium approximation”, A. J. Abu El-Haija W. Larry Freeman , Physica B, 339 (2003).

    Fundamental Corrections to the Optical Properties of Ideal and Non-Ideal Multilayers and Superlattices, A. J. Abu El-Haija, and W. Larry Freeman, Submitted on Sep 11, 03 to The Ohio Section of The American Physical Society. The paper was accepted by the Conference and was given at the Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on Oct 18, 2003.

    Review of Six Chapters of The Following Physics Textbook: College Physics, By Giambattista, Giambattista, and Richardson, upon a request from the Publisher McGraw Hill, May 04. My name has been recognized and cited as one of the reviewers and focus group attendees in the text’s preface, page xxx, published by McGraw-Hill (2007).

    “Modern Physics, Its story, Limits, And Boundaries”, A. J. Abu El-Haija, Invited speaker at the National Youth Science Foundation, West Virginia, June 27, 2004.

    “Effective Characteristic Matrix of Ultra Thin multilayer structures” A. J. Haija, W. Larry Freeman, and Thomas Roarty, Optica Applicata, Vol XXXVI, No 1, (2006).

    “CEMA Corrections of the Optical Properties of Ultra Thin Ag-Sio Superlattices”, A. J. Abu El-Haija, W. Larry Freeman, Angela Musto, and Ekapop Pairam, Vol 9, Issue ¾, 2008.

    Attending McGraw Hill symposium held in Atlanta, Georgia in April 08 on Physics electronic Systems, and subsequently I was selected to be a member of McGraw Hill ARIS Board of Advisors (BOA) for Physics starting May 2008 to June 2009. ARIS is an online homework system used by McGraw-Hill.

    “Computational Criterion For Application of the Characteristic Effective Medium Approximation to Ultrathin Co-Au Multi Bilayer Structures”A. J. Haija, W. Larry Freeman, and Matthew DeNinno, , Physica B, 403, (2008).

    Recognized as one of the accuracy reviewers of the text “College Physics” by Giordano. The text has been published by Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole (2009). The recognition has been cited in the preface of the text.

    Reviewed several chapters of the text: “Physics”, 8 edition, by Cutnell & Johnson, published by John Wiley. The Publisher has acknowledged my contribution in the text's 8th edition/2009.

    Reviewed several chapters of the text: “University Physics for the Physical Life Sciences, published by Freeman, 2012. The recognition has been cited in the reviewers list, page xxiii of the text.

    Effective Optical Constants and Effective Optical Properties of Ultrathin Trilayer Structures, A. J. Haija, W. Larry Freeman, and Rachel Umbel, Physica B: Physics of Condensed Matter 406 (2011), pp. 225-230.

    “Review of the characteristic effective medium approximation: Fundamentals and use in calculating the optical properties of ultrathin layer structures”, A. J. Haija, W. Larry Freeman, and Rachel Umbel, Physica B: Physics of Condensed Matter 406(2011), pp 4266-4271.

    Reviewed several chapters of the text: “Physics/Young/With Mastering Physics, 10th edition, published by Addison Wesley/Pearson, listed to appear in 2016.

    “Virtues of Math: The Fundamentals and Use of Matrix Optics on Thin Films”, A. J. Haija, Invited speaker at the National Youth Science Foundation, West Virginia, July 13, 2013.

    Books: Translated, Authored, and/or Co-Authored

    Translation: K.W. Ford "Classical and Modern Physics" (Wiley, New York and London, 1972), Vol. 2. Translated By: O. H. Sheikh, M. Koufahi, and A. J. Abu El-Haija. for The Royal Academy of Arabic, 796 pages, Amman, 1987.

    Author: A. J. Abu El-Haija, Classical Physics “Text Book in Arabic for Freshman level”, 461 pages, Arab Foundation For Studies And Publishing, Amman, Jordan, 1st edition, Aug, 1998; 2nd edition, 2000.

    Author:A. J. Abu El-Haija, Satirical Thoughts From The Inspiration Of The Twentieth Century, 150 pages, Arab Foundation For Studies And Publishing, Amman, Jordan, June, 1999.

    Co-author: “Essential Physics” CRC , Taylor & Francis Group, New York, John Matolyak and Ajawad Haija, 20014.