I am a physicist and teacher who is especially interested in discovering new physics,
especial detection of dark matter.
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
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.
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.
Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for
display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions
of the faculty member or discipline.
- SuperCDMS Collaboration. Energy loss due to defect formation from 206Pb recoils in SuperCDMS germanium detectors. Vol. 113, Iss. 092101. App. Phys. Lett., 2018. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5041457)
- SuperCDMS Collaboration. First Dark Matter Constraints from a SuperCDMS Single-Charge Sensitive Detector. Vol. 121, Iss. 051301. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2018. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.051301)
- 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 )