For the past few years, my research students and I have been
learning how to use photolithography to create
micro-patterns on silicon wafers. Our goal is to experiment
with various types of micro-machines and micro-fluidic
devices, with the eventual goal of using these constructs to
investigate areas of fundamental physics. One such
application is the use of micro-cantilevers to study the
Casimir effect, a purely quantum mechanical phenomenon in
which electric field fluctuations in the vacuum can give
rise to a measurable attractive (or, perhaps, repulsive)
force between appropriately chosen objects (two metal
plates, for example). Since the Casimir effect is a very
short-range phenomenon (on the order of a few microns),
experiments in this area micro- or nano-structures.
Experimental high energy physics –
Although I am not currently active in this area, I try to
stay abreast of results in this field and may renew my
involvement in HEP someday. My doctoral thesis was a study
of baryon production using the CLEO experiment, a general
purpose high energy particle detector located at CESR, the
Cornell Electron Storage Ring. CESR produced colliding
beams of electrons and positrons at a center of mass energy
in the vicinity of 10 GeV, which is appropriate for copious
creation of Upsilon particles (including excited states).
The CLEO experiment was designed primarily to study bottom
quarks, the particles which comprise the Upsilons created at
As a postdoc at Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory, I was primarily involved in searches for
supersymmetric particles. Supersymmetry (SUSY), a
theoretical scheme in which every known fundamental particle
in nature receives a partner with a different spin
assignment, has been suggested as an extension to the
Standard Model of particle physics. The Standard Model
enjoys remarkable agreement with experimental observations
but it can not, by itself, serve as a basis for a Unified
Field Theory, in which all forces in nature arise from a
single interaction. SUSY can serve such a purpose (maybe)
and, as such, evidence for supersymmetric particle
production is sought with great fervor.
Ph.D., Physics, Harvard Univ.
M.A., Physics, Harvard Univ.
B.A., Physics, Rutgers Univ.
Professor, Houghton College
Assistant/Associate Professor, Calvin College
Research Assistant, Harvard Univ.
Assistant, Harvard Univ.
Research Assistant, Rutgers Univ.
American Physical Society
American Association of Physics Teachers
Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Interests and Hobbies:
Community and church service