Melvin Pomerantz

Melvin Pomerantz


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B. S. (Magna Cum Laude, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Now NYU), M. A., and Ph. D. (Physics, UC Berkeley).

At IBM Research laboratory contributed to various topics in condensed-matter physics including phonons, magnons, two-dimensional magnetism, superconductivity, exchange-coupled magnetic films, and molecular electronics. At LBNL, developed a simple method to evaluate the electricity savings from cooler surfaces in cities.

MP has taught courses at IBM Research, Polytechnic University of Brooklyn, SUNY Purchase, Mercy College and UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, MP has taught for 16 semesters.

Fulbright Fellowship (France); Meyerhof Fellowship (Israel); elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.


Research Interests

Primary Research Area
Condensed Matter Physics And Materials Science

Other Research Areas 
At IBM Research, with collaborators, MP researched microwave phonons and thermal phonons in magnetic films, insulators and semiconductors. In 1978, MP constructed literally two-dimensional magnets and showed that there was magnetic order; it still is of interest. With Dr. A. Muller, MP studied granular superconductors. This led Muller to the discovery of high-temperature superconductors for which he won the Nobel Prize. With Dr. J. Slonczewski, MP studied exchange coupling between ferromagnetic films. This inspired Slonczewski to predict the spin-torque effect now used in magnetic memories. Using a tunneling microscope, MP discovered rectification of electric current by single molecules. This could be the start of electronics on a molecular scale. At LBNL, MP has worked in the Heat Island Group to investigate how changes in the reflectivities of city surfaces might cool the city. MP developed a simple method to evaluate air-conditioning energy savings.




Pomerantz, Melvin, (2018) “Are cool surfaces a cost-effective mitigation of UHI?” Urban Climate 24 393-397 , LBNL-2001095

Pomerantz, M., P. J. Rosado, R. Levinson (2015) “A simple tool for estimating city-wide annual electrical energy savings from cooler surfaces”, Urban Climate, 14, part 2, pp. 315 – 325. DOI : 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.05.007 -  LBNL-184804

M. Pomerantz, A. Aviram, R. A. McCorkle, L. Li, A. G. Schrott, "Rectification of STM Current to Graphite Covered With Phthalocyanine Molecules", Science, 255, 1115 - 1118 (1992).

M. Pomerantz, J. C. Slonczewski and E. Spiller, "Coupled Ferromagnetic Resonances of Iron Films", in "Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on the Physics of Magnetic Materials", Ed. W. Gorzkowski, H. K. Lachowicz, H. Szymczak, ( World Scientific, Singapore, 1989 ) pp. 134 - 150.   

K. A. Müller, M. Pomerantz, C. Knoedler and D. Abraham, "Inhomogeneous Superconducting Transitions in Granular A1", Phys.  Rev. Lett. 45, 832-835 (1980).   

M. Pomerantz, "Experimental Evidence for Magnetic Ordering in a Literally Two-Dimensional Magnet", Sol. State Comm. 27, 1413-1416 (1978). 

M. Pomerantz, "Ultrasonic Attenuation by Phonons in Insulators", 1972 Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings, pp. 479-485, IEEE Cat.  72CHO 780-85V. 

M. Pomerantz, "Ultrasonic Loss and Gain Mechanisms in Semiconductors", Proc. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Eng. 53, 1438-1451 (1965). 

M. Pomerantz, "Amplification of Microwave Phonons in Germanium", Phys. Rev. Letters 13, 308 (1964). 84.

M. Pomerantz, "Excitation of Spin Wave Resonance by Microwave Phonons", Phys. Rev. Letters 7, 312 (1961).