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Current BaBar Group Members

Faculty

Janis McKenna
janis@physics.ubc.ca
Office: (604)822-4337
Lab: (604)822-1445
SLAC Office: (650)926-2704

(at SLAC til Aug06)

Janis McKenna

Published Papers

Tom Mattison
mattison@physics.ubc.ca
Office: (604)822-9690
Lab: (604)822-1445
Linear Collider Lab: (604)822-0925
SLAC Office: (650)926-5342

(at SLAC til Aug06)

Tom Mattison

Published Papers

Chris Hearty
(also IPP Research Scientist)
hearty@physics.ubc.ca
Office: (604)822-9163
TRIUMF Office: (604)221-3228
Chris Hearty

Published Papers

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Tülay Cuhadar Dönszelmann
2002-present
tulay@slac.stanford.edu
Office: (650)926-2704
Tülay Cuhadar Dönszelmann

Currently resident at SLAC
Published Papers

Engineering Technician

Doug Maas
maas@physics.ubc.ca
Office: (604)822-2259
Lab: (604)822-3712
Doug Maas

Doug is the electronics and mechanical design wizard behind many drift chamber detectors which the UBC subatomic physics group has been involved in - design and construction for large and small detectors at: TRIUMF , Brookhaven , SLAC , KEK , ... and others

Graduate Students

PhD Candidates
Bryan Fulsom
2003 - present
(Chris Hearty)
Bryan Fulsom

Commissioning of new muon system; Search for B --> Jpsi pi0 pi0 K

Currently resident at SLAC

Dave Asgeirsson
2005 - present
(Tom Mattison)
Dave Asgeirsson

Global B-mixing fit

Patrick Bruskiewich
2004 - present
(Janis McKenna)
Patrick Bruskiewich

Proposed thesis topic: Penguin B decays

MSc Candidates
we have funding for up to 2 new graduate students in fall06
new MSc student

There are so many neat/fun studies that you could do for your BaBar MSc thesis.

Past BaBar Group Members

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Michael Kelsey
1996 - 1998
Michael Kelsey

BaBar RA, drift chamber construction and quality assurance. Now Staff Research Physicist with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Kenji Abe
1999 - 2002
Kenji Abe

Kenji Abe, BaBar RA, drift chamber gas system expert, based at SLAC, 1999-2002. Now in industry in Japan.

Neil Knecht
2003-2006
Neil Knecht

BaBar RA, now RA with ATLAS group at University of Toronto

Graduate Students

Jaret Heise
1993 - 1996
(Janis McKenna)
Jaret Heise

MScThesis, "Studies of Helium-Based Gas Mixtures Using a Small Cell Drift Chamber". Completed PhD with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment at UBC, presently an NSERC PDF at Los Alamos National Lab, continuing with SNO.

Cherie Goodenough
1994 - 1996
(Janis McKenna)
Cherie Goodenough

MSc Thesis, "Background Studies for BaBar". Fall 96-98, Process Engineer with OPAL Technologies, which was bought out by Applied Materials. In 1998-2000, she worked at Cypress Semiconductor, a silicon chip processor and manufacturer. In 2000, she moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, working as an engineer at Energy Related Devices, (startup alternative energy sources company), then in 2003 she joined the Technical Staff at Los Alamos National Lab.

Steven Sewerynek
1997 - 1999
(Janis McKenna)
Steven Sewerynek

MSc Thesis , "A Monte Carlo Study of the Momentum Dependence on the Results of Tracking Unknown Particle Species in the BaBar Detector". Worked at MacDonald Dettwiler, in Richmond BC for 1.5 years, and is now a software manager at AvantGo in San Mateo California.

Zerah Lurie
1999 - 2002
(Janis McKenna)
Zerah Lurie

MSc Thesis, "Evaluation of the Photonic Conversion Finder for the BaBar Experiment". Just finishing a journalism degree here at UBC, and recently received an APS internship for science writing with Newsday in New York. Won an APS best student presentation prize for his thesis work presentation at the APS Northwest Section meeting in Seattle, Washington, 2001.

Doug Thiessen
1997 - 2004
(Janis McKenna)
Doug Thiessen

PhD Thesis, "Measurement of the Branching Fraction of the Semileptonic Decay B0-> D* l nu in the BaBar Experiment". Worked on online controls and database system for BaBar. Now a Research Associate in Photomedicine and Optics with the Cancer Imagining group at BC Cancer Research Center in Vancouver. Won an APS best student presentation prize for his thesis work presentation at the APS Northwest Section meeting in Eugene, Oregon, 2000.

Dave Asgeirsson
2002 - 2005
(Tom Mattison)
Dave Asgeirsson

MSc Thesis "Track Impact Parameter Resolution in the BaBar Detector" - A Quantum Electrodynamics Study. Now continuing as a PhD student in the UBC BaBar Group, using his MSc thesis resolution studies for B mixing analysis.

Nasim Boustani
2001 - 2005
(Chris Hearty)
Nasim Boustani

MSc Thesis "A Study of BaBar Behaviours Using the e+ e- --> phi gamma Control Samples" Detector response studies of extra energy deposited in calorimeter (alongside charged tracks) and a study of BaBar's kaon identification system. Now teaching university-level physics in Iran.

Zhongzhi Song
2003 - 2005
(Janis McKenna)
Zhongzhi Song

MSc Thesis "Monte Carlo Studies for Parameterization of B-Mixing with Dilepton Events" Feasibility study for a global fit technique to simultaneously extract B mixing and lifetimes using dilepton events. (Applying this methodology to data, instead of Monte Carlo, is a PhD thesis waiting to happen.) Now a PhD candidate in Economics/Finance at UBC.

Summer and Co-op Students

Mike Feaver
part of summer 2004
(Janis McKenna)
Mike Feaver

Initial UBC BaBar Group website designer and developer. Now a BASc candidate in Engineering Physics at UBC.

Marc L'Heureux
Summer 2002
(Tom Mattison)
Marc L'Heureux

Track Impact Parameter Resolution Analysis of the BaBar Detector

Now working with Mattison on Next Linear Collider - Nanovibration control project

Frank Berghaus
Summer 2002
(Chris Hearty)
Frank Berghaus

B-Counting for the BaBar run 2 data set.

Currently MSc candidate at UBC on T2K experiment with Oser.

Maxime Brodeur
Summer 2002
(Chris Hearty)
Maxime Brodeur

B-Counting for the BaBar run 3 data set.

Currently MSc candidate at UBC on TITAN (TRIUMF experiment) with Jens Dilling.

Dan Giang
Summer 2001
(Chris Hearty)
Dan Giang

Search for the rare decay B --> K nu nu-bar

Doug Hoover
Summer 2001
(Tom Mattison)
Doug Hoover

***Doug Hoover's page***

Marie-Helene Genest
Summer 2000
(Chris Hearty)
Marie-Helene Genest

Determination of the number of Upsilon(4S) mesons in the BaBar run1 data.

Currently PhD candidate at Universite de Montreal with the PICASSO group.

Angela O'Neill
year 1998
(Chris Hearty)
Angela O'Neill

Non-flammable gases for the BaBar drift chamber

Robin Stoodley
year 97-98
(Chris Hearty)
Robin Stoodley

Drift chamber assembly

James Griffith
1997
(Chris Hearty)
James Griffith

Selection of two-photon produced muon pairs as a muon identification control sample.

Trevor Lanting
1997 double co-op work term
(Janis McKenna)
Trevor Lanting

Worked at SLAC on BaBar online control system, and data acquisition, triggering (with a novel adaptive logic network) and cosmic ray running of Proto II Drift Chamber. "An EPICS-based High Voltage Control System for Proto II", 1997. "An Adaptive Logic Network for BaBar Prototype Chamber Triggering", 1997. Graduated with BSc from UBC in 2000 and started grad school at UC, Berkeley.

Wesley Philip Wong
1996 double coop work term
(Chris Hearty)
Wesley Philip Wong

Development of drift chamber assembly techniques. Now in graduate school in Biophysics at Harvard U.

Suzanne Komili
1996 double coop work term
(Janis McKenna)
Suzanne Komili

"EPICS as a Drift Chamber Monitoring System", 1996; and "Signal Conditioning for Slow Controls of the BaBar Drift Chamber", 1996. (double co-op work term at SLAC). Environmental monitoring for the BaBar prototype drift chambers. Finished BSc at UBC in 1999. Took a year off to work at Massachusetts General Hospital, working with the NMR medical diagnostics group studying blood flow in stroke patients. Now in graduate school at Harvard U doing medical/bio Physics.

Ari Benbasat
summer 1995
(Janis McKenna)
Ari Benbasat

"Tracking and Graphics Coding for Prototype Drift Chamber", 1995. Software for the BaBar prototype drift chamber. Finished BASc (Engineering Physics) at UBC in 1998. Presently a PhD student at MIT's Media Lab.

Hester Hagemann
summer 1994
(Janis McKenna)
Hester Hagemann

"The SLAC B Factory Drift Chamber", 1994. Finished BSc at UBC. Worked at Science World in Vancouver.

Nicola Jones
summer 1994
(Janis McKenna)
Nicola

NSERC Summer student, finished BSc at UBC 1997. Did a subsequent degree in at UBC's Sing Tao School of Journalism. Later a staff writer for New Scientist magazine in London, UK, and presently the acting editor for Nature Science Update.

Senior Undergraduate Theses

Karene Chu
2001
(Tom Mattison)
Karene Chu

Honours Physics Thesis "Measuring B0 Meson Mixing Rate, Lifetime and Energy Spectra"

Mike Paweska
2000
(Chris Hearty)
Jamie Steeg

Honours Physics Thesis, "The Tau Lifetime"

Kirk McDermid
1994
(Chris Hearty)
Kirk McDermid

Honours Physics Thesis, "BaBar Particle ID"

Jamie Steeg
1994
(Chris Hearty)
Jamie Steeg

Honours Physics Thesis, "BaBar Particle ID"

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