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Eric Landahl​

  • Professor
  • ​​PhD​​​
  • Physics and Astrophysics
  • 773.325.3722
  • ​Byrne Hall 212       
Dr. Eric Landahl received his BA from the University of Chicago, MS from DePaul University, and PhD from the University of California, Davis. He worked as a research scientist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Argonne National Laboratory before returning to DePaul University as a faculty member in the Physics Department. 

His research interest is the measurement and control of transient phenomena at atomic time-scales and length-scales. The major questions that motivate his research include:

1.    How does a system approach equilibrium after sudden pertubation?

2.    Can intermediate states be manipulated in real time to alter outcomes?

3.    What new exotic behaviors can be identified under transient conditions?

He seeks to answer these questions by making molecular movies – recording events with very high spatial resolution and a very fast shutter speed. Tools used in his research include ultra-fast lasers and synchrotron x-rays used either alone or in combination. Visit his research site​


Selected Publications:

Lee, J.; Jo W.; Kwon J-H.; Griffin B, Cho B-G.; Landahl E.C.; Lee, S.;  "Time-Resolved Structural Measurement of Thermal Resistance across a Buried Semiconductor Heterostructure Interface", Materials. 2023; 16 (23):  7450, Publication

Kane, F.; Abbate, J.;​ Landahl, E.C.; Potosnak, M.J.; "Monitoring Particulate Matter with Wearable Sensors and the Influence on Student Environmental Attitudes", Sensors 2022, 22, 1295.

Fouda, A., P.J. Ho, R.W. Dunford, E.P. Kanter, B. Krassig, L. Young, E.R. Peterson, E.C. Landahl, L. Pan, D.R. Beck, "Resonant x-ray absorption of strong-field-ionized CF3Br", Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.  Accepted online 26 October 2020,

Smith, K.P., P.J. Focia, S. Chakravarthy, E.C. Landahl, J.L. Klosowiak, S.E. Rice, D.M. Freymann, "Insight into human Miro1/2 domain organization based on the structure of its N-terminal GTPase," Journal of Structural Biology 212, 107656 ( December 2020),

W. Jo, E. C. Landahl, A. DiChiara, D. Walko, and S. Lee, "Measuring femtometer lattice displacements driven by free carrier diffusion in a polycrystalline semiconductor using time-resolved x-ray scattering", Applied Physics Letters 113, 032107. (2018)

G. Jackson Williams, S. Lee, D. Walko, M. Watson, W. Jo, D. Lee, E.C. Landahl, "Direct measurements of multi-photon induced nonlinear lattice dynamics in semiconductors via time-resolved x-ray scattering", Scientific Reports 6. Article #39506. (2​016).

​S. Ross, M. Haji-Sheikh, A. Huntington, D. Kline, A. Lee, Y. Li, J. Rhee, M. Tarpley, D.A. Walko, G. Westberg, G. Williams, H. Zou, and E.C. Landahl, "X-ray characterization of a multichannel smart-pixel array detector", Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 23. 196-205. (2016).

W. Jo, S. Lee, I. Eom, C. Yu, and E.C. Landahl, "Demonstraton of a time-resolved x-ray scattering instrument utilizing the full-repetition rate of x-ray pulses at the Pohang Light Source", Review of Scientific Instruments. 87. 035107. (2016).

E. Dufresne, S. Narayanan, A. Sandy, D. Kline, Q. Zhang, S. Ross, and E.C. Landahl. "Pushing x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy beyond the continuous frame rate limit", Optics Express 24. 355-364. (2016).

S. Lee, G. Williams, M. Campana, D. Walko, and E.C. Landahl. "Picosecond x-ray strain rosette reveals direct laser excitation of coherent transverse acoustic phonons", Scientific Reports 6. 19140. (2016).

J.L. Klosowiak, P.J. Focia, S. Chakravarthy, E.C. Landahl, D.M. Freymann, and S.E. Rice, “Structural coupling of the EF hand and C-terminal GTPase domains in the mitochondrial protein miro”, EMBO reports 14, 968 (2013).

M. Trigo, Y.M. Sheu, D.A. Arms, J. Chen, S. Ghimire, R.S. Goldman, E.C. Landahl, R. Merlin, E. Peterson, M. Reason, and D.A. Reis, “Unfolding acoustic phonons:  Coherent high-wavevector modes from a superlattice observed in bulk with time-resolved x-ray diffraction”, Physical Review Letters 101, 025505 (2008).

L. Young, D.A. Arms, E.M. Dufresne, R.W. Dunford, D.L. Ederer, C. Hohr, E.P. Kanter, B. Krassig, E.C. Landahl, E.R. Peterson, J. Rudati, R. Santra, and S.H. Southworth, “X-ray microprobe of orbital alignment in strong-field ionized atoms”, Physical Review Letters 97, 083601 (2006).