Jerry Tersoff

Jerry Tersoff David ( born June 12, 1945 in Washington, DC) is an American physicist who deals with theoretical solid state physics.

Tersoff 1977, he received the B. A. in physics from Swarthmore College, and in 1982 the Ph.D. in physics at the University of California. He was then a postdoctoral fellow from 1982 to 1984 at Bell Laboratories before he was Research Staff Member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

Marketers Offs research focuses on the molecular dynamics, surface physics and materials science in the area. He dealt with the theory of epitaxial growth and scanning tunneling microscopy, Schottky barriers and semiconductor band structures with heterojunctions, Electronic structure of solid surfaces and interfaces.

Among other things, he examined how mechanical stresses in hetero - epitaxial growth for controlled Selbstaubau and self- organization of nanostructures such as quantum dots and quantum wires can cause.


He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Vacuum Society and Materials Research Society.


  • Editor David Vanderbilt, V. Vitek Atomic scale calculations in materials science: symposium held November 28 - December 1, 1988, Boston, Pittsburgh, Materials Research Society, 1989