Prof. Zimmerman's research is in neutrino physics. He concentrates on the study of neutrino oscillations, with special emphasis on the production and understanding of neutrino beams. He is the deputy spokesperson of the NA61 experiment, a 150-scientist collaboration at CERN that studies the production of neutrinos using accelerators in order to reduce systematic errors in neutrino experiments. His other major current efforts are part of the T2K collaboration, which studies the oscillations of muon neutrinos produced at the J-PARC accelerator laboratory in Japan and are detected at the Super-Kamiokande detector, and the LBNF/DUNE project, a new neutrino experiment under development in the US.
neutrino physics, accelerator-based physics, deep underground science
PHYS 1110 - General Physics 1
Three lect., one rec. per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. First semester of three-semester sequence for science and engineering students. Covers kinematics, dynamics, momentum of particles and rigid bodies, work and energy, gravitation, simple harmonic motion and introduction to thermodynamics. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 1115.
PHYS 1115 - General Physics 1 for Majors
First semester of three semester sequence for physics, engineering physics and astronomy majors. Covers kinematics, dynamics momentum of particles and rigid bodies, work and energy, gravitation, simple harmonic motion and introduction to thermodynamics. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 1110.
PHYS 3310 - Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 1
Covers mathematical theory of electricity and magnetism, including electrostatics, magnetostatics, and polarized media, and provides an introduction to electromagnetic fields, waves, and special relativity.
PHYS 3330 - Electronics for the Physical Sciences
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2023
Introduces laboratory electronics for physical science students. Includes basic electronic instruments, dc bridge circuits, operational amplifiers, bipolar transistors, field-effect transistors, photodiodes, noise in electronic circuits, digital logic and microcontrollers. Students gain hands-on experience in designing, building and debugging circuits. Two lectures and one three hour laboratory per week. Concludes with a three-week project in which students design and build an experiment of their choice and present a seminar on the results.
PHYS 4420 - Nuclear and Particle Physics
Introduces structure of the atomic nucleus, spectroscopy of subnuclear particles, scattering, reactions, radioactive decay, fundamental interactions of quarks and leptons.
PHYS 4430 - Advanced Laboratory
Two lectures, one lab per week. Experiments introduce students to realities of the experimental physics so they gain a better understanding of theory and an appreciation of the vast amount of experimental work done in the physical sciences today. Same as PHYS 5430.
PHYS 4810 - Special Topics in Physics
Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Offered intermittently depending on student demand and availability of instructors. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.