Research

My current research is in the field of atomic physics. My current work includes analysis of dissociative electron attachment experiments (performed by Dr. Dan Slaughter at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Dr. Joshua Williams at the University of Nevada, Reno) and direct dark matter detection experiments with networks of precision measurement devices - particularly atomic clocks (with Dr. Andrei Derevianko). My previous work includes exoplanet detection with ground-based telescopes and philosphy of quantum mechanics.

Publications


Applying the matched-filter technique to the search for dark matter with networks of quantum sensors

There are several networks of precision sensors in existence, including networks of atomic clocks, magnetometers, and gravitational wave detectors. These networks can be re-purposed for searches of exotic physics, such as direct dark matter searches. Here we explore a detection strategy for macroscopic dark matter objects with... Read More

Feb. 21, 2020 - EPJ Quantum Technology
Exoplanet Detection Via Transit Photometry Using the Great Basin Observatory

Exoplanet detection via transit photometry has blossomed into one of the most fruitful fields in all of physics in the last decade with NASA missions like Kepler. We conducted transit photometry on the star Kepler-17, known host to exoplanet Kepler-17b, on June 26, 2018 using the Great Basin Observatory in an effort to perform the one of the first exoplanet detections in the telescope’s 2-year history. We also gauge the lower limits of host star brightness for which the 0.7-meter telescope retains sensitivity and establish a transit depth threshold for detection confidence. We present evidence... Read More

June 11, 2019 - Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

2019

APS Far West Section Conference 2019 Nov. 1, 2019
Applying the matched-filter technique to the search for dark matter transients with networks of quantum sensors, Stanford, CA

Physics Department Talk - Univ. of Nevada, Reno Oct. 14, 2019
Momentum imaging of dissociative electron attachment to formamide, Reno, NV

Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium 2019 - Univ. of Nevada, Reno Aug. 8, 2019
Dissociative Electron Attachment to Formamide, Reno, NV

Physics Department Talk - Univ. of Nevada, Reno July 22, 2019
The Ontological Status of the Wavefunction, Reno, NV

Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium 2019 - Univ. of Nevada, Reno May 6, 2019
Applying the matched-filter technique to search for dark matter with networks of precision measurement devices, Reno, NV

APS April Meeting 2019 April 12, 2019
Applying the matched-filter technique to search for dark matter with networks of precision measurement devices, Denver, CO

Physics Department Talk - Univ. of Nevada, Reno April 1, 2019
The Ubiquitous Matched-Filter and its Application to Dark Matter Detection, Reno, NV

2018

College of Science Poster Symposium 2018 - Univ. of Nevada, Reno Nov. 26, 2018
Matched-Filter Technique in the Detection of Dark Matter with the GPS Atomic Clocks, Reno, NV

Great Basin Observatory Starfest 1 Conference 2018 Oct. 14, 2018
Detecting Exoplanets with the Great Basin Observatory, Reno, NV

Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium 2018 - Univ. of Nevada, Reno Aug. 9, 2018
Data Analysis in the Search for Dark Matter with the GPS Network, Reno, NV

McNair Scholars Program Research Symposium 2018 - Univ. of Nevada, Reno Aug. 3, 2018
Data Analysis in the Search for Dark Matter with a Network of Precision Measurement Devices, Reno, NV

National McNair Conference at UCLA 2018 July 26, 2018
Data Analysis in the Search for Dark Matter with a Network of Precision Measurement Tools, Los Angeles, CA