American University of Beirut

Dr. Michel Kazan


Michel Kazan

Associate Professor

Primary Office: Bustani Hall, 319

Extension: 4307

Michel Kazan received his PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of Montpellier II in 2006. He joined the physics department at AUB as an assistant professor in September 2010 and was promoted to associate professor in June 2015. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in many institutes and was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Technology of Troyes in 2009. During his service at AUB, he worked for short periods as a visiting professor at Ecole Centrale-Paris and Université de Technologie de Troyes.

Michel Kazan has developed models and direct simulations, as well as photothermal characterization techniques to understand the contribution of phonons, free electrons, photons and other elementary excitations to energy transfer at the micro- and nanoscale. His current research focuses on measuring the absorption and scattering of infrared light by small thermoelastic surface deformations to measure physical mechanisms that are not accessible by conventional measurement techniques. He founded the Thermal Laboratory of the AUB Physics Department and is involved in major European projects on photothermal effects.

Dr. Mohammad Haidar received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Strasbourg in 2012. From 2013 to 2017, he completed a postdoctoral at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He joined Chalmers University of Technology (2017-2019) as a researcher where he developed nanoscale magnetic oscillators. In 2018, he visited the Department of Physics department at AUB as an assistant professor. He has over 15 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and has participated in national and international conferences; he has given several invited talks.

Research Lab:
Thermal Lab

Photothermal effects, energy transfer, elementary excitations, solid-state, condensed matter, nanophotonics.

Potential research projects for undergrads/theses' topics for grads :

  • Development of a pump-probe Raman spectrometer for the measurement of non-linear photothermal effects.
  • Simulations of absorption and scattering of light by small coated or anisotropic particles.

Reference: A. Iskandar, A. Gwiazda, J. Younes, M. Kazan, A. Bruyant, M. Tabbal, and G. Lerondel, Interaction between confined phonons and photons in periodic silicon resonators, Phys. Rev. B 97, 094308 (2018).

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