Professor (emeritus)

David Smith

Dr. Smith's research interests lie in the area of condensed-matter, atomic and optical physics. Current research includes (a) Optical properties of matter at X-ray wavelengths, (b) Sum-rule constraints on optical properties, (c) Electron structure of solids, and (d) Defects in insulating solids.

Dr. Smith received his B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph. D. from the University of Rochester. He has held NSF fellowships at Princeton University and the Universit├Ąt Stuttgart.


Office Location:

E233 Innovation Hall

  • 802.656.0058
  • 802.656.0817

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Theoretical and experimental studies of condensed matter physics.


  • Ph.D.,University of Rochester,

Curriculum vitae

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  • M.S. Malghani and D.Y. Smith, Physical Basis of the Mollwo-Ivey Relation between Lattice Constant and Optical Absorption of Defects in Ionic Crystals, Phys. Rev. Lett. 69, 184-187 (1992).
  • M.S. Malghani and D.Y. Smith, Host-Lattice Scaling of Defect Quantum States, Materials Science Forum, 239-241, 365-368 (1997).
  • D.Y. Smith and M.S. Malghani, Effective-Mass Effects on Localized Defects in Ionic Solids: Kinetic Confinement, Materials Science Forum, 239-241, 369-372 (1997).
  • D.Y. Smith and M.S. Malghani, Configuration of the Self-Trapped Exciton in the Alkali Halides, Journal of Luminescence, 72 and 74, 887-889 (1997).