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Michael is Professor of Physics in the Physics Department at StFX, and does research in Solid State Physics. His research areas are in neutron scattering and magnetic structures of rare-earth and transition metals, especially incommensurate and density-wave structures, as well as dilatometry at cryogenic and very high temperatures. Together with Jan Genossar of the Technion, he developed the tilted-plate capacitance displacement sensor, which allows angstrom resolution at temperatures exceeding 1000 C.
Since Autumn of 2006 he is the editor of the Canadian Journal of Physics.
In 2005 he was coordinator of Canadian efforts for the World Year of Physics 2005 (as declared by the United Nations) for the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP). A highlight of this year in Canada was the lecture tour by Clifford Will on "Was Einstein Right?", together with performances by the Borealis String Quartet of a string quartet commissioned for the World Year of Physics by the CAP.
He was President of the Canadian Association of Physicists during 1998-99 and chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Insitute for Photonic Innovations (ICIP/CIPI) from 1999-2002. He has served two terms as a member of the Board of Governors of St. Francis Xavier University. He was co-author, with Bev Robertson, of the Highly Qualified Personnel Section of the Review of Canadian Academic Physics