Dept. of Physics, UNC-Chapel Hill
My field of research is experimental particle and nuclear astrophysics and how it allows
us to understand the most fundamental properties of matter and its origins.
I'm particularly interested
in experiments that rely on ultra-low radioactive backgrounds and deep
underground sites to search for extremely rare and exotic processes.
I'm currently involved in two proposed experiments.
The first, MAJORANA, will search for the
neutrinoless double beta decay
of the Ge-76 isotope. The second will perform a direct search for
WIMP dark matter and is part of the
CLEAN/DEAP program that will also measure the low-energy
solar neutrino flux.
We also operate an NSF-funded low-background radioactive assay program
at the Kimballton mine in Virginia.
Please visit our group's website for more information.
I have been a member of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and the Alpha Magnetic
I have positions available for graduate students.
Our group's acitivities include Monte Carlo modelling,
data analysis, and development and construction of detector calibration systems for these
experiments, as well as the operation of prototype experiments.
Please contact me if you are interested.
PhD, Experimental High-energy Physics, MIT, 2003
B.S, Majors in Physics and Mathematics, U. of Denver, 1998
2007-present: Assistant Professor, U. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
2003-2006: Post-doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Spring 2007: PHYS 128 "Modern Physics"
Fall 2007: PHYS 128 "Modern Physics"
Spring 2008: PHYS 321 "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics"
Fall 2008: PHYS 128 "Modern Physics"
Spring 2009: PHYS 321 "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics"
Fall 2009: PHYS 721 "Quantum Mechanics" (graduate)
Fall 2010: PHYS 521 "Application of Quantum Mechanics"
Course material available on
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
U. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
CB#3255, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: +1-919-962-1386 (UNC), +1-919-660-2538 (TUNL)
Fax: +1-919-962-0480 (UNC)
I split my time between UNC, the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory
(TUNL) and travelling.
The best way to contact me is via email.