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 Universität Stuttgart.