Joel Sander

Joel Sander

Assistant Professor

PHYSICS

Akeley-Lawrence Science Center

Phone: (605) 677-5649

Email: Joel.Sander@usd.edu

Website: http://sites.usd.edu/joel-sander

Bio:

I am a physicist and teacher who is especially interested in discovering new physics, especial detection of dark matter.


Teaching Interests:

Teaching physics is my opportunity to show how amazing it is that the universe can be understood and explained. Teaching opens the door for future scientists to realize for themselves the prospect and excitement of making their own contribution to human knowledge and understanding. One of my chief goals as a physicist is to reach out to engage the next generation and help to kindle their interest. I'm interested in helping students see how physics connects to their every day life and how physics can help them obtain their career goals. I've been fortunate that my teachers have demonstrated some of the keys to successful teaching: enthusiasm, patience, and creativity. I'm passionate about physics and passionate for my students to do well. I'm more than willing to go over the same "stubborn" concept. I'm always looking for a new creative way to inspire learning. I'm currently teaching algebra-based introductory physics. I enjoy teaching some of the relevant biology-related physics from sound to optics and propagation of electrical signals in nerve cells to how sharks know which direction is north.


Research Interests:

I'm interested in underground rare event searches most notably direct detection of dark matter in the form of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) as well as developing and prototyping novel detector designs for next generation searches. I currently am a member of SuperCDMS, a collaboration attempting to observe as-yet undetected WIMP interactions in Ge and Si crystals. SuperCDMS attempts to detect WIMP interactions by observing the phonon (sound) and ionization signals resulting when a WIMP scatters off a nucleus in a detector. A WIMP scatter is expected to deposit energy similar to that of a single x-ray. The primary challenge is WIMP detection is the "needle in a haystack" challenge of distinguishing a WIMP interaction from the millions of times larger background.


Education:

  • Ph D, Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, 2007
  • BS, Physics, Butler University, 1998

Grants:

  • SuperCDMS Subaward, The SuperCDMS Collaboration subaward of DOE project funds. (2017 - 2019)
  • Cryogenic Radiation and Dark Matter Detection, South Dakota Board of Regents. (2017 - 2018)
  • Including Silent Cultural Voices in Astronomy, The University of South Dakota. (2017 - 2017)
  • Generation-2 Dark matter Experiment at The University of South Dakota, DOE. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2016 - 2018)
  • Detecting Dark Matter with the SuperCDMS Experiment, South Dakota Board of Regents. (2016 - 2017)
  • Acquisition of a High Performance Computing Cluster for Multidisciplinary Computationally Assisted Research, SD Board of Regents. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2015 - 2017)
  • SD EPSCoR Student Technology Fellowship Program, South Dakota Board of Regents - EPSCoR. Grant Role: Supporting. (2015 - 2015)

Publications:

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  • SuperCDMS Collaboration. WIMP-Search Results from the Second CDMSlite Run. Vol. 116, Iss. 071301. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2016. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.071301)
  • CDMS II Collaboration. Improved WIMP-search reach of the CDMS II germanium data. Vol. 92, Iss. 072003. Phys. Rev. D, 2015. (DOI: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevD.92.072003)
  • SuperCDMS Collaboration. Dark matter effective field theory scattering in direct detection experiments, 13. Vol. 91, Iss. 092004. Phys. Rev. D, 2015. (DOI: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevD.91.092004)
  • SuperCDMS Collaboration. Maximum likelihood analysis of low energy CDMS II germanium data, 13. Vol. 91, Iss. 052021. Phys. Rev. D, 2015. (DOI: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevD.91.052021)
  • CDMS II Collaboration. First direct limits on Lightly Ionizing Particles with electric charge less than e/6, 5. Vol. 114, Iss. 111302. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2015. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.111302)
  • Sander, Joel, Harris, Harlan R., Phllips, James, Platt, Mark, Prasad, Kunj, Upadhyayula, sriteja, and Jastram, Andrew. Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Detector Fabrication Process and Recent Improvements, 12. Vol. A772, Iss. 0168-9002. Nucl.Instrum.Meth., 2015. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2014.10.043)
  • SuperCDMS Collaboration. Search for Low-Mass WIMPs with SuperCDMS., 6. Vol. 112, Iss. 241302. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2014. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.241302)
  • SuperCDMS Collaboration. Search for low-mass weakly interacting massive particles using voltage-assisted calorimetric ionization detection in the SuperCDMS experiment, 6. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2014.
  • Sander, Joel. Silicon Detector Dark Matter Results from the Final Exposure of CDMS II, 6. Vol. 111, Iss. 25. Physical Review Letters, 2013. (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.251301)
  • CDMS II Collaboration. Silicon detector results from the frst five-tower run of CDMS II, 5. Vol. 88, Iss. 3. Phys. Rev. D, 2013. (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.88.031104 )

Presentations:

  • Sander, Joel. Sensitivity to Lightly Ionizing Particles (LIPs) at Surface and SNOLAB. Presented at the Coherent Neutrino Scattering Workshop, Texas A&M University. (November 12, 2015)
  • Sander, Joel. Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors. Presented at the Colloquium, Brookings, South Dakota. (October 19, 2015)
  • Sander, Joel. Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors. Presented at the Colloquium, Omaha, Nebraska. (January 22, 2015)
  • Sander, Joel. Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors. Presented at the Seminar, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (December 5, 2014)
  • Sander, Joel. Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors. Presented at the Colloquium, Cedar Falls, Iowa. (November 19, 2014)
  • Sander, Joel. Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors. Presented at the Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa. (October 28, 2014)
  • Sander, Joel. Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors. Presented at the Colloquium, Mankato, MN. (October 16, 2014)
  • Sander, Joel. Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors. Presented at the TAMU Workshop on Dark Matter, Texas A&M University. (March 9, 2013)