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Allan has been issued more than 40 patents.


Allan is known internationally as the pioneer and principal developer of photoacoustic spectroscopy and thermal wave technology. He has published over 120 research and review articles in this field and more than 30 articles in other areas of research.  Three of his publications appeared as feature cover articles in the journals Science, Physics Today and Analytical Chemistry. Ten articles appeared in Physical Review Letters.  Allan is also the author of the book "Photoacoustics and Photoacoustic Spectroscopy”.





Fellow, American Physical SocietyOptical Society of AmericaAmerican Chemical Society


After a career as a research physicist and head of a company manufacturing instrumentation for the semiconductor industry, Allan Rosencwaig has moved into consumer electronics.

He is the founder of Aris Displays Inc., a start-up company producing a high-definition digital picture frame and associated media e-store.

The digital picture frame, the Aris Imager, has a large format 22 inch LCD screen. It is framed and matted, wall-mounted and supports any kind of multi-media display -- image slide shows, standard video, HD video, audio and PowerPoint.

The media e-store, the Aris Gallery, provides high-resolution images from the National Geographic Society, fine art images, space and Hubble images and HD ambient videos.

Suitable for: The home, office, foyer, waiting room and retail displays.

Work experience

Jan 2007Present

President & CEO

Aris Displays Inc.

Aris Displays Inc. is a start-up company developing unique consumer electronic products.

First product: A large-format, framed and matted, high-definition, wall-mounted, digital picture frame.

It displays any kind of multi-media -- slide shows, video, HD video, audio, PowerPoint. There is also an associated media e-store for images and HD videos.


President & CEO

Therma-Wave Inc. was a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.

Allan founded Therma-Wave in 1982 to develop, manufacture and market analytical and inspection systems for the semiconductor industry. These were based on the new physics and technology of thermal waves which Allan, himself, pioneered.

1982 - 1999    Chairman, CEO1999 - 2001    Chairman1982 - 2002    DirectorBy 2001, Therma-Wave had annual revenues in excess of $200 million, over 600 employees and a market valuation of almost $1B.

The company was purchased by KLA-Tencor Corporation.

Press Release: Dr Allan Rosencwaig Resigns From Therma-Wave


Research Physicist

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Magnetics, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoacoustic spectroscopy and thermal wave physics.



University of Toronto

1963 - BSc, Engineering-Physics1965 - MA, Molecular Physics1969 - PhD, Solid State Physics