Title: Proposal for the establishment of the Center for Ultralow Temperatures Research
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Proposal for the Establishment of Institutes or Centers

Proposal for the Establishment of Institutes or Centers

Center for Ultralow Temperatures Research
Name of Institute or Center


June 1, 1988
Proposed Implementation Date

Institutions financial commitment from state appropriations for the first year and the second year of the
proposed institute or center
$ no new funds.


This proposal is to request authorization to form the Center for Ultralow Temperature Research. The
formation of this Type II interdisciplinary center will not require additional personnel or call for the
establishment of new courses or otherwise cause significant change in operation of the University.

Purpose of the Center
Currently there are University of Florida faculty members in several departments who are involved in
research in condensed matter sciences (see list of faculty to be included in the center). The emphasis of
several members of this group is in research at ultralow temperatures (ULT) and others of the group would
like to have ULT facilities accessible to them for occasional use. One of the purposes the Center is to draw
together this existing UF faculty with strong common interest in this area of research.

Existing programs in several departments will be enhanced and strengthened through formation of the
Center. This will occur through a variety of means such as sharing research ideas, samples and sample
preparation facilities, technical expertise, and specialized equipment. The Center will promote joint proposals
among its members for funding from outside agencies. The broader knowledge and expertise of several
members of the Center will strengthen funding prospects.

The Microkelvin Laboratory now under construction will be the major experimental facility for
research of several members of the Center. In addition, this laboratory will provide access to others in the
Center who have occasional need for the ultralow temperatures available.

A second major purpose of the Center will be to arrange and conduct a visitors program for scholars
who wish to spend extended periods here. It is "expected that the Microkelvin Laboratory, as one of the
premier facilities for ULT research in the world, will attract visitors to collaborate in research.

Proposals to establish joint research programs are currently being discussed with Helsinki University
of Technology, University of Leiden, and University of Paris. In addition to experimentalists who wish to do
research at the Microkelvin Laboratory, other visitors will collaborate in various programs in condensed
matter, both experimental and theoretical. The Center will facilitate these arrangements whether joint
research proposals are involved or the visit is on a less formal basis.

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Sources of Funding
The primary sources of funds for the research of Center faculty members will consist of their
individual grants and contracts from various agencies, new funds which they obtain through joint or separate
proposals, and existing commitments from the Departments to members of the Center. No new State funds
are requested.

Operating funds for administration of the Center will be relatively modest since there will not be a
large administrative structure. The primary sources of these funds will be (a) returned overhead on grants and
contracts that are designated to the Center (The overhead of some members of the Center is committed to
repayment of $150,000 in construction funds for the Microkelvin Laboratory.) and (b) Departmental funds
currently being supplied to Center members (primarily Physics). Funds in the latter category currently
provide for secretarial services and various other uses.

Subject to availability of State funds, the Department of Physics will continue to provide funding at a
similar level, reflecting inflation and growth in the Center and Department.

Permanent Staff Positions

At the present time the permanent staff positions within the Department of Physics which will continue
as Physics Department positions designated for the Center are as follows:
One administrative secretary *

One cryogenic engineer III

One cryogenic engineer I

One engineering technician IV

One engineering technician III

(one-half state; one half grant

Participating Faculty and Departments
Department of Physics
E. Dwight Adams, Professor
Michael Bums, Assistant Professor
Gary G. Ihas, Professor
Pradeep Kumar, Associate Professor
Mark W. Meisel, Assistant Professor
Khandaker Muttalib, Assistant Professor
Steve Nagler, Assistant Professor
Greg Stewart, Professor
Neil S. Sullivan, Professor
Yasumasa Takano, Associate Professor
David Tanner, Professor and Chairman

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Department of Chemistry
Martin Vala, Professor
William Weltner, Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering
Peter Landsberg, Graduate Research Professor
Gys Bosman, Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Joseph Simmons, Professor

Foreign members
Maurice Chapellier, Professor, University of Paris
Georgio Frassati, Professor, University of Leiden
Olli Lounasmaa, Professor, Helsinki University of Technology

Additional members may be appointed to the Center upon application to the Executive Committee and
approval by two-thirds of the faculty memberships.

Administrative Structure
The Center for Ultralow Temperature Research shall be administered by a
Director and an Executive Committee, with the Director serving as a voting Chairman of the Executive
Committee. In addition there will be an Associate Director who will act as Director in the Director's absence.

The Director and Associate Director will be elected by the members of the Executive Committee to
serve for two-year terms. Election shall be by secret ballot during the next-to-last month of the academic
year, following the election of the Executive Committee (see below). The terms of office will commence at
the beginning of the next academic year.

Policy decisions on operation of the Center will be made by the Executive Committee, with
implementation by the Director. Annually, with revisions as required, the Director shall prepare a budget for
expenditures of funds allocated to the Center. The budget will require approval of the Executive Committee.

The Director will keep the Executive Committee informed on questions and decisions in the operation
of the Center. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be scheduled by the Director on a regular basis (at
least every two months).

The Executive Committee shall be composed as follows: three members from experimentalists in
Physics, one from other experimentalists in the Center, and one condensed matter theorist. The Executive
Committee shall be elected by the Center faculty in the same manner as for election of Director.

Activities and policies of the Center shall be reviewed by an Administrative Advisory Board consisting
of the Provost, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Research, the
Deans of Colleges and Department Chairpersons represented by Center faculty, and the Center Director. The
Administrative Advisory Board shall meet at least once annually to review the activities of the Center.
An organizational chart showing the administrative structure is attached.

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Proposed Administrative Structure of the
Center for Ultralow Temperature Research

Vice President for Research

Administrative --------------Director
Advisory Board

Executive Committee


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