Participating Physicists

Carla Babcock

Research Area: Accelerator development for nuclear physics

Originally studying astrophysics, Babcock was lured away by the possibility of working at CERN, where she did ion trapping and laser spectroscopy for nuclear structure at their nuclear physics lab. She then returned to Canada to work on mass measurements of exotic nuclei at TRIUMF. Babcock is currently working in the targets and ion sources group for ARIEL and ISAC.

Jess Brewer

Douglas Bryman

Research Area: experimental studies of rare particle decays

Douglas Bryman holds the J. B. Warren Chair and is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Bryman’s research focuses on the study of rare particle decays and he has been a spokesman for several experiments at TRIUMF and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has also been involved in advanced radiation detector instrumentation development for high energy physics and applied physics, for which he has received several patents. In 2011, Bryman was co-recipient of the W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society. He is a Fellow of the APS and was a Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in 2009. He has served on the editorial board of Physical Review (D), as Divisional Associate Editor at Physical Review Letters and on the Advisory Editorial Board for Nuclear Instruments and Methods. He has also served on numerous international laboratory and agency advisory panels including BNL, Fermilab, the Paul Sherrer Institut (Switz.), NSERC, the National Science Foundation (U.S.), and the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (U.S.).   

Djuna Croon

Research Area: Theoretical Particle Physics and gravitational waves

Croon is interested in “phenomenology in the sky”. She uses cosmology and astrophysics study models of particle physics, including (but not limited to) dark matter, primordial inflation, and extended Higgs sectors.

Sarah Dunsiger

Research Area: magnetic systems, complex ordering and spin fluctuations

She is currently a research scientist within the Centre for Molecular and Materials Science at TRIUMF.

Luca Egoriti

Research Area: Targets for nuclear particles

Luca Egoriti is a PhD student at TRIUMF and UBC, with a nuclear engineering background which brought him close to the physics world. After working on his master thesis in a Belgian nuclear research center, he was given the chance to come to Vancouver and pursue a PhD at TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre. His research group is working to improve the capabilities of the existing ISAC facility, while building a brand new one called ARIEL, the Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory, which will boost the science program at TRIUMF threefold, while producing medical isotopes supporting new imaging and therapy techniques.

Nathan Evetts

Research Area: Antimatter

Nathan Evetts is a PhD student at UBC working in an experiment which will “drop” antimatter to measure the gravity it experiences. He did his Master’s thesis on a refrigeration technique for anti-electrons. In the past Nathan has conducted research at UBC, SFU, CERN, and the Max Planck Institute.  He likes cliff jumping and other unnecessary risks.

Pietro Giampa

Research Area: Dark Matter and Ultra-Cold Neutrons

Dr. Pietro Giampa originally completed his undergraduate in physics at Royal Holloway University of London in the UK, where he wrote a thesis on SuperSymmetry Searches with the ATLAS Detector (so LHC related). Following his undergraduate, he completed a Master Degree in particle physics at the same institute where he developed a novel technique for directional detection of neutrons. It was after his masters that he moved to Canada to complete his Ph.D at Queen’s University in Particle Astrophysics, working on the DEAP-3600 Experiment with Nobel laureate Prof. Arthur McDonald. In the summer of 2017 he moved to TRIUMF, where he is currently the Otto Hausser Fellow. At TRIUMF he continues his research for new forms of physics, by studying Dark Matter and Ultra-Cold Neutrons.

Ewan Hill

To the ATLAS Experiment at CERN: Previous PhD student in the Supersymmetry working group
To the Belle II Experiment in Japan:  The new person taking over a calibration of the detector time information
To TRIUMF communications:  The “chocolate fairy” who gave lots of tours of the lab
To the audience of the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland: One of the people who played physics music with the good pianist
To my friend Felix: That fool who cheers for the Ottawa Senators
To the staff at Romer’s Burger Bar:  The scientist who almost never leaves
To my dad:  The son who can now run long distances faster than me
To my mom:  The son with whom I watch programs about archaeology
To my nephew:  The uncle who is silly and swings me in the air

Jason Holt

Dr. Holt received his PhD in physics from Stony Brook University and has held postdoctoral positions at TRIUMF, Tennessee University, and TU Darmstadt. An expert in the nuclear many-body problem, nuclear forces, and exotic nuclei at the limits of existence, Dr. Holt is a Research Scientist at TRIUMF.

Dave McKeen

Research Area: Dark matter, baryogenesis

Dave McKeen is a Research Scientist in the TRIUMF theory department. Previously, he was a Samuel P. Langley PITT PACC Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, a postdoc in the particle theory group at the University of Washington and at the University of Victoria. He did his graduate studies in the particle theory group at the University of Chicago. His research interests include dark matter, baryogenesis, collider physics, and hidden or dark sectors. He enjoys model building to connect phenomena in diverse areas of physics.  

David Morrissey

Research Area: particle physics and cosmology

Art Olin

Research Area:  Particle and Nuclear Physics, Properties of antimatter and antihydrogen

Olin is a Research Scientist Emeritus and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria.

Patrick de Piero

Research Area:  Dark matter and neutrino experiments

De Piero is working towards the goal of understanding cosmology and the evolution of the universe. Here is a link to his CV.

Des Ramsey

Research Area: proton-proton parity violation

Ramsey worked on the proposal for a TRIUMF Ultra-Cold neutron source. The first version of the source is now operating. He continues to be a member of the TRIUMF Ultra Cold Advanced Neutron (TUCAN) collaboration.

Oliver Stelzer-Chilton

Research Area: ATLAS at the LHC

Dr. Oliver Stelzer-Chilton received his Diplom in Heidelberg and earned a PhD from the University of Toronto. As a Marie Curie Fellow with the University of Oxford, he led the W boson mass group for CDF at Fermilab, making predictions for the mass of the Higgs boson. He moved to TRIUMF in 2008 and joined ATLAS where he leads searches for new physics and Higgs boson related measurements and contributes to detector upgrades. He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of British Columbia and the current department head of the Particle Physics Department at TRIUMF.