Alumni Listing

Degree Date: May, 2013

Louis Kastens
Daniel McKinsey

Calibration of Two-Phase Liquid Xenon Detectors for the Direct Detection of Dark Matter
Evidence for the abundance of non-baryonic cold dark matter has led to the construction of liquid xenon detectors to directly detect WIMP-nucleon interactions. Traditional external calibration methods have become unsuitable as the size of liquid xenon...
Degree Date: December, 2011

Joshua Spitz
Bonnie Fleming
Norman M Leff Assistant Professor

University of Michigan

Measuring Muon-Neutrino Charged-Current Differential Cross Sections with a Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber
More than 80 years after its proposed existence, the neutrino remains largely mysterious and elusive. Precision measurements of the neutrino's properties are just now beginning to take place. Such measurements are required in order to determine the...

Amar Vutha
David DeMille
Assistant Professor

Department of Physics, University of Toronto

A search for the electric dipole moment of the electron with thorium monoxide
This thesis is concerned with the conception, design and construction of an experiment to search for the permanent electric dipole moment of the electron (de) with improved sensitivity. This dipole moment, de, is a hypothesized quantity whose detection,...
Degree Date: December, 2010

Paul Hamilton
David DeMille
Assistant Professor


Preliminary results in the search for the electron electric dipole moment in PbO*
The discovery of an electric dipole moment (EDM) of a fundamental particle would provide evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model. Many popular extensions to the Standard Model, such as supersymmetry, predict electron electric dipole moments (eEDMs...

Hugh Lippincott
Daniel McKinsey


DEAP/CLEAN: Detecting dark matter with liquid argon and liquid neon
There is a great deal of observational evidence across a wide variety of scales that a large fraction of the universe and most of the matter in the universe is made up of some form of non-baryonic, dark matter. The most prominent candidate for dark...
Degree Date: May, 2010

Peter Adshead
Richard Easther
Associate Professor

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Cosmological Perturbation Theory and the Early Universe
Modern cosmology seeks to find new ways in which gravity and quantum field theory can lead to new, consistent models of the early universe while also designing tests and experiments to distinguish between them. This thesis presents work toward these...
Degree Date: December, 2009

Stephen Baumgart
Helen Caines
Systems Engineer Physicist

Varian Medical Systems

A Study of Open Charm Production in 200 GeV Heavy Ion Collisons
A hot and dense form of matter is produced in Au+Au and Cu+Cu collisions at [special characters omitted] = 200 GeV at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider. This matter exhibits the features of a new deconfined state of matter, the Quark-Gluon Plasma. This...

John Challis
Steven Girvin
Director, Healthcare Analytics

Lucence Diagnostics

Theory of p-Orbital Bosons
Bosons in the excited band of an optical lattice have garnered much interest due to their novel orbital-dependent phenomena. Upon reviewing the literature, we study the preparation of a metastable Mott insulator state within the first excited band of a...

Ke Han
Jack Sandweiss
Associate Professor

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Search for Stable Strange Quark Matter in Lunar Soil
Strange Quark Matter (SQM) is a proposed state of hadronic matter made up of roughly one-third each of up, down, and strange quarks in a single hadronic bag. For the last three decades, a wide range of experimental searches for strangelets (small lumps...

Christine Nattrass
John Harris
Associate Professor

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

System size, energy, and particle type dependence of di-hadron correlations in heavy ion collisions
QCD predicts a phase transition in nuclear matter at high energy densities. This matter, called a Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP), should have very different properties from normal nuclear matter due to its high temperature and density. The Relativistic Heavy...
Elizabeth Williams
Volker Werner
Senior Fellow (equivalent to Associate Professor)

Australian National University

A study of transitional collective behavior in heavy nuclei
Throughout the nuclear landscape, regions of structural transition have provided a sensitive means of testing our understanding of nuclear structure. In this work, two aspects of transitional behavior in nuclear structure will be examined, using both...
Degree Date: May, 2009
JiJi Fan
Witold Skiba
Assistant Professor

Brown University

Symmetries in particle physics beyond the Standard Model: Supersymmetry, conformal symmetry and accidental Lorentz symmetry
The Standard Model provides a successful description of presently known particle phenomena up to scale of hundreds of GeV. Still, the Standard Model is a work in progress and could be extended to describe physics at higher energies, for instance, the TeV...
Degree Date: May, 2008

Anne Bauer
Charles Baltay
Lead Data Scientist

The New York Times

AGN variability and candidate blazars in the Palomar -QUEST survey
Active galactic nuclei are extraordinarily complex systems with many interacting components, fueled by the gravitational potential energy of massive black holes. They are commonly seen to vary drastically in brightness over a large range of timescales...

Christopher Wrede
Peter Parker
Associate Professor of Physics

Michigan State University

Nuclear Energy Levels of 31S and Astrophysical Implications
Several presolar grains have recently been discovered in primitive meteorites with non-solar 12C/13C, 14N/ 15N, 29Si/28Si and 30Si/ 28Si isotopic ratios that are qualitatively consistent with the isotopic ratios predicted to be ejected by massive oxygen-...
Degree Date: December, 2007

Sarah Bickman
David DeMille
Senior Scientist

MBio Diagnostics

Progress towards a Measurement of the Electric Dipole Moment of the Electron using PbO*
We have proposed and begun implementing an experiment to look for an electric dipole moment (EDM) of the electron, d e, using the metastable a(1) 3Sigma + state of the PbO molecule. A non-zero measurement of d e within the next few orders of magnitude...