Sophia Gershman

Sophia Gershman is the VP for Technology for A. Belkind & Associates, LLC and a full-time teacher New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick, NJ. She is also a part-time Research Physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ. Sophia Gershman received her Ph.D. in plasma physics from Rutgers University. Her areas of expertise and special interests include low-temperature plasma, solid state physics, and spectroscopy. She made numerous presentations on International Scientific and Teaching conferences and served on the Physical Sciences Design Team, National Research Council National Academy of Sciences.

She is a member of APS, AAPT, and AAAS and active in promoting the success of women and minorities in STEM careers.

Recent Publications (not including the popular articles):

  1. S. Gershman, Y. Raitses, Unstable Behavior of Anodic Arc Discharge for Synthesis of Nanomaterials, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 49 (2016) 345201 (9pp)
  2. J. Katz, S. Gershman, A. Belkind, Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Contact Angle Study of Plasma Cleaning of Titanium Alloy Surfaces: Argon Plasma, Plasma Medicine, 5 (2015) 223-236.
  3. S. A. Wissel1, A. Zwicker1, J. Ross, S. Gershman, The use of dc glow discharges as undergraduate educational tools, Am. J. Phys. 81, 663 (2013);
  4. S. Gershman, S. Zwicker, A Belkind, Pulsed electrical discharge propagation along the surface of liquid dielectricts, Pulsed Power Conference (PPC), (2013) 19th IEEE , vol. 1, no. 4, pp.16-21 June 2013
  5. Nokes, T. J., Hausmann, R.G.M., VanLehn, K., & Gershman, S. (2011). Testing the instructional fit hypothesis: The case of self-explanation prompts. Instructional Science, 39 (pp. 645-666)
  6. S. Gershmana and A. Belkind, Time-resolved processes in a pulsed electrical discharge in argon bubbles in water, Eur. Phys. J. D 60 (2010) 661-69.
  7. O. Mozgina, A. Koutsospyros, S. Gershman, A. Belkind, C. Christodoulatos, and K. Becker, Decomposition of Energetic Compounds by Pulsed Electrical Discharges in Gas-Bubbled Aqueous Solutions, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 37, 905-910 (2009).
  8. S. Gershman, A. Belkind, and K. Becker, Optical emission diagnostics of the plasma channel in a pulsed electrical discharge in a gas bubble, IEEE Transactions Pulsed Power, Pulsed Power Conference, (2009) 838-843.
  9. R.G.M. Hausmann, T.J. Nokes, K. VanLehn, S. Gershman, The design of self-explanation prompts: The fit hypothesis, Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2009, 2626-2631.
  10. S. Gershman, Pulsed Electrical Discharge in Gas Bubbles in Water, Ph.D. Thesis, (2008), Rutgers University.
  11. K. Karpińska, A. Malinowski, Z. Marta, S. Cieplak, S. Guha, S. Gershman, G. Kotliar, T. Skośkiewicz, W. Plesiewicz, M. Berkowski, and P. Lindenfeld, Magnetic-Field Induced Superconductor-Insulator Transition in the La2-xSrxCuO4 System, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, (1996) 3033-3036.