James Battat received his bachelor's degree in Physics from Brown University in 2001, where he was inspired to pursue astrophysics. He then earned his Ph. D. from Harvard University in 2008 where he measured the Earth-Moon distance with millimeter precision to test General Relativity. Subsequently, he was a Pappalardo Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT where he worked on the direct detection of dark matter. James joined the faculty at Bryn Mawr in June of 2011, where he actively works on both of these projects.
His research lies at the intersection of experimental particle physics and astrophysics. For more detailed information, please see his research page.
Undergrads have already made significant contributions to these projects. If you are interested in participating, please contact me! No prior laboratory experience is needed -- students in their first year have participated. In fact, much of the fun of working in a laboratory is learning many new skills. In our lab, you will have the opportunity to work on hardware projects (electronics, vacuum systems, CCD cameras, photomultiplier tubes and lasers) and software too (data analysis as well as software-control of hardware systems). You would also have the opportunity to present your results to our research collaborations as well as more broadly at conferences.
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