Mette Gaarde Named Outstanding Referee for Physical Review Journals


February 16, 2017                   

BATON ROUGE – Professor Mette Gaarde, LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been selected by the American Physical Society (APS) as one of the Outstanding Referees for 2017, who has demonstrated exceptional work in the assessment of manuscripts published in the Physical Review journals.

GarrdeInstituted in 2008, the highly selective Outstanding Referee program annually recognizes approximately 150 of the currently active referees for their invaluable work. Comparable to Fellowship in the APS and other organizations, this is a lifetime award. The 2017 selection was made from 30 years of records on over 57,000 referees who have been called upon to review manuscripts, including more then 35,000 that were submitted in 2016.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of Professor Gaarde’s outstanding service to the physics community,” said John DiTusa, chair and professor, LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy. “Referee work requires wide ranging and detailed knowledge of the field, a deep appreciation of the importance of other’s work, and a significant investment of time and effort. Having Dr. Gaarde recognized as an Outstanding Referee reflects the quality of her work and serves as another indication of the stature of the LSU Physics & Astronomy faculty.”

A theoretical physicist in the area of atomic, molecular and optical physics, Gaarde’s research is focused on the production and application of ultrafast pulses of coherent VUV and XUV light, and lies in the interface between ultrafast AMO physics and extreme non-linear optics.

Gaarde earned a Ph.D. in physics in 1997 from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She arrived at LSU in 2003 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and was promoted to associate professor in 2007 and then to full professor in 2012. An APS Fellow since 2011, Gaarde has served the APS and the physics community in a range of capacities. She was an Editorial Board member for Physical Review A from 2010-2016, and she is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, as well as past chair of the National Organizing Committee for the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics.

The 2017 Outstanding Referees come from 29 different countries, with large contingents from the U.S., Germany, U.K., Canada, and France. The efforts of these individuals not only keep the standards of the journals at a high level, but in many cases also help authors improve the quality and readability of their articles—even those that are not published by APS.

About APS

The American Physical Society ( is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities.  APS represents 53,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world.  Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.







Mimi LaValle

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy



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