Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Experimental Subatomic Physics?

Very high-energy photons known as gamma rays are used to probe the properties of nucleons (neutrons and protons) and the nucleus. Our group perform experiments primarily at a facility known as the High Intensity Gamma-Ray Source (HIGS). This facility generates gamma rays with a new technique that will make it possible to make photonuclear measurements with unprecidented accuracy.

We have some exciting experimental programs just beginning. We invite students interested in an M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree to work with us. These programs are listed on out main page and include measurements of the GDH sum rule for the deuteron,  and studies of photonuclear reactions in few-body systems.

Our previous students have enjoyed a unique graduate student experience. Working in experimental collaborations that are, by today's standards, relatively small students have been able to get hands-on experience in all areas of experimental physics -- beam production, target and detector design and construction, data acquisition electronics (hardware and software), and data analysis techniques (including simulation and modeling software). Very often in large collaborations at larger facilities a student will gain experience in only a few of these areas. We have found that students, upon graduation, have been much sought after and appreciated in the subatomic physics community for the depth of their experience. We expect that students working with us in these new experimental programs will have a very similar educational experience.

For futher information please contact R.E. Pywell.

Here's the link to our pamphlet (which is a bit out of date now.)

Possible Thesis Projects
  • Few-body photodisintegration of 4He (M.Sc./Ph.D.)
  • Target development for 4He photoneutron studies (M.Sc.)
  • Few-body photodisintegration of 8Be and 9Be (M.Sc./Ph.D.)
  • Time Reversal Experiment with Kaons (TREK) (M.Sc./Ph.D.)