Professor of Physics
M.Sc., PhD., Sofia University
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Professor Sendova received her Ph.D. in experimental solid state and laser physics in 1989. She has done research in the areas of pulsed laser-plasma deposition of thin films and laser assisted surface modification, as well as studied the structure, electrical, and optical properties of novel narrow gap semiconductor materials. She has several publications in the area of biophysics and magnetochemistry as well.
In addition to teaching a number of courses in the traditional physics curriculum, Professor Sendova offers a course directed at life sciences' students interested in applying principles of physics to biological systems. Her current research projects are related to laser-assisted modification of metal nano-particles in dielectric thin films, micro-Raman spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes, and applications of physical methods for analyzing objects of art.
Solid State Physics
Seeing the Light
“Saturation Magnetization of Metalloproteins" Edmund P. Day and M. S. Sendova. In Research Frontiers in Magnetochemistry; Charles O'Conner Ed., World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 1993; 395.
M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, R. Ruther, J. C. Pivin, "Laser modification of silver and gold nanoparticles in dielectric thin films," Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, accepted for publication, 2007.
M. Sendova, V. Zhelyaskov, M. Scalera and C. Gulliford, “Micro-Raman Spectroscopy of Della Robbia Glazes”, Archaeometry, accepted for publication, 2007
G. G. Tsutsumanova, M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, J.C. Pivin and S. C. Russev, “Spectroscopic Elipsometry of Gold Clusters Embedded in Thin Dielectric Films”, AIP Conference Proceedings: 6th International Conference of the Balkan Physical Union, August 22 – 26, 2006 Istanbul, Turkey.
V. Grigorov, O. Angelov, M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, J.C. Pivin, and D. Dimova-Malinovska, “Preparation of Poly-Si Thin Films by Aluminum Induced Crystallization of Glass/Al/a-Si:H with Differently Formed Interfacial Aluminum Oxide Layers”, Elsevier Proceedings of the E-MRS 2006 Spring Meeting (E-MRS - IUMRS - ICEM 06), May 29 to June 2, 2006, Nice, France.
Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, J.C. Pivin, H. Hofmeister, K. Coffey, A Warren, O. Angelov, “Size modification of Noble Metal Nanoclusters in Dielectric Matrices”, In Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Eds. Balabanova and Dragieva, Coronet Books, Sofia 2005.
G. Georgiev, O. Angelov, M. Sendova-Vassileva, D. Dimova-Malinovska, A Bouzekova, and M. Sendova, “Influence of the Precursor Materials on the Process of Aluminum Induced Crystallization of a-Si:H” In Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Eds. Balabanova and Dragieva, Coronet Books, Sofia 2005.
M. Sendova, M. Sendova-Vassileva, J. C. Pivin, H. Hofmeister, K. Coffey, A. Warren,“Comprehensive Experimental Study of Laser Radiation Interaction with Silver Nanoparticles in SiO2 Matrix”, J. of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 6, 748 (2006).
M. Sendova, E. Flahaut, B. DeBono, "Raman Spectroscopy of PbI2-filled Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes," J. Appl. Phys. 98, 104304 (2005).
M. Sendova, V. Zhelyaskov, M. Scalera, M. Ramsey, “Micro Raman Spectroscopy Study of Pottery Fragments from the Lapatsa Tomb: Cyprus ca. 2500 B.C”., J. of Raman Spectroscopy 36, 829 (2005).
M. Sendova, M. Sendova-Vassileva, J.C. Pivin , “Laser Assisted Fragmentation of Silver and Copper Nanoclusters in SiO2 thin films”, In Nanostructured and Advanced Materials NATO-ASI, Sozopol, Bulgaria, 6-17 September 2004: NATO Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry 82, J. M. Marshall and D. Dimova-Malinovska(Eds.), Springer 2005.
M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, A. Troutt, "Laser Modification of Silver Nanoclusters in SiO2 Thin Films" Appl. Phys. A, 81, 871 (2005).
M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, A. Troutt, "Controlling the size of silver Nanoclusters in Silica by Thermal and Laser annealing", In Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Eds. Balabanova and Dragieva, Coronet Books, p. 33, Sofia 2004.
M. Sendova and K. Willis, "Spiral and Curved Periodic Crack Patterns in Sol-Gel Films" Appl. Phys. A 76, 957, (2003).
M. M. Whittaker, C. A. Ekberg, J. Peterson, M. S. Sendova, E. P. Day, J. W. Whittaker, “Spectroscopic and Magnetochemical Studies on the Active Site Copper Complex in Galactose Oxidase” J. of Molecular Catalysis B- Enzymatic 8, 3 (2000).
H. Hiraoka, St. Latsch, M. Sendova, and C-H. Lee, "Effects and Applications of Pulsed UV-Laser Irradiation on Polymer Surfaces" J. of Photochemistry and Photobiology A92, 129 (1995).
H. Hiraoka, M. Sendova, C.-H. Lee, Latsch, T.-M. Wong, J.Sung, C.-T. Smith, "Pulsed UV laser applications for surface science: nanostructure fabrication to diamond deposition", in Laser Techniques for Surface Science II, Eds: Janice M. Hicks, Wilson Ho, Hai-Lung Dai, SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2547, 260 (1995).
H. Hiraoka, S. Latsch, and M. Sendova, “Laser Induced Surface Modifications: Applications to Nanostructure Fabrication and Deposition” Journal of Photopolymer Science and Technology 7, 299 (1994).
H. Hiraoka, M. Sendova, and C-H Lee, "Sub-Quarter Micron Periodic Patterns with Nd:YAG Laser and Image Transfer to Silicon Surface by R IE" Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 33, 7135 (1994).
M. Sendova, H, Hiraoka, "Laser Induced Periodic Structures on Polymer Surfaces", Materials and Manufacturing Processes 9, 467 (1994).
H. Hiraoka, M. Sendova," Laser Induced Sub-Half Micron Linear Periodic Structure on Polymer Surfaces" Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 563 (1994).
M. Sendova, H. Hiraoka, "Sub-Half-Micron Periodic Structures on Polymer Surfaces with Polarized Laser Irradiation" Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 32, 6182 (1993).
E. P. Day, J. Peterson, M. Sendova, Jon Schoonover, Graham Palmer, "Magnetization of Fast and Slow Oxidized Cytochrome c Oxidase" Biochemistry 32, 7855 (1993).
E. P. Day, J. Peterson, M. Sendova, M. J.Todd and R. Hausinger, “Saturation Magnetization of Ureases from Klebsiella Aerogenases and Jack Bean: No Evidence for Exchange Coupling Between the Two Active Site Nickel Ions in the Native Enzyme" Inorganic Chemistry 32, 634 (1993).
M. Baleva and M. Sendova "On the Energy Gap Temperature Coefficient in the Nonisoelectronic Solid Solutions of the Type A4B6 -A2B6", Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 29, 1437 (1990).
M. Sendova, M. Maksimov, and M. Gaskov, "Auger Electron Spectroscopy of Laser Deposited Pb1-xCdxSe Films" J. Mater. Sci. Lett. 7, 93 (1988).
M. Baleva, P. Gergova, and M. Sendova, "Photoconductivity of Laser Deposited Pb1-xCdxSe Films" Infrared Phys. 28, 389 (1988).
M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, and M. Sendova, "Infrared Absorption of Laser Deposited PbSe Films" J. Phys. C: Solid State Phys. 20, 941 (1987).
M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, and M. Sendova, "Energy Gap and Optical Dielectric Constant of Pb1-xCdxSe Films" Infrared Phys. 27, 389 (1987).
M. Sendova, "Laser Assisted Deposition of Lead Salt Films" J. Mater. Sci. Lett. 6, 285 (1987).
M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, S. Metev, and M. Sendova, "Laser Assisted Sputtering of Pb1-xCdxSe Films" J. Mater. Sci. Lett. 5, 533 (1986).
M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, and M. Sendova, "Optical and Electrical Properties of Laser Deposited Pb1-xCdxSe Films" J. Mater. Sci. Lett. 5, 537 (1986).
Abdula, M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, and M. Sendova, "Thermoreflectance Study: PbSe Energy Band Structure" J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 19, 177 (1986).
M. Baleva, M. Maximov, S. Metev, M. Sendova, "Laser deposition and properties of Pb1-xCdxSe films”, Revue Roumaine de Physique 31, 1037 (1986).