Lab Members

We are always looking to hire curious, self-motivated, & very hard-working students of all levels as well as postdocs. Contact singhj@nscl.msu.edu if interested.

Faculty:
Jaidimg_1400eep Taggart Singh
, Assistant Professor – “I apply atomic, molecular, & optical physics techniques to answer fundamental questions in nuclear and particle physics. My passion is creating, manipulating, and detecting spin-polarized nuclei. I’m an Assistant Professor at the NSCL/FRIB which is a part of Michigan State University located in East LansingMichiganUSA. I have a joint appointment with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, which is where I currently teach the Advanced Physics Lab. My favorite scientific instrument is the Lock-In Amplifier”

Postdocs:
20161017_160534-1Jennifer Wenzl (2015-current)- Research Associate working on Single Atom Detection in Cryogenic Solids (SADiCS). Favorite scientific instruments: lasers (in all colors)

 

 

 

 

Grad Students

img_1423Roy Ready (2015-current)- “I joined Spinlab in Fall 2015 after switching from accelerator physics to atomic physics. I’ve worked on projects related to astrophysics and planetary science as an undergraduate at California State University, Long Beach. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in grad school, but I knew I wanted to work with my hands with equipment in the lab. In Jaideep’s group I’ve built quite a few circuits and designed some hardware with the help of our NSCL engineers. I work on the RaEDM project, which is part of a collaboration with Argonne National Lab for attempting to measure the permanent Electric Dipole Moment (EDM) of Radium-225, a short-lived isotope of Radium. My favorite instrument is the waveform generator. I’ve used one of our 2-channel units for testing circuit responses to AC and DC voltage, and its high precision will allow me to use it as a voltage reference for remotely controlling our high voltage system”


img_1413Dustin Frisbie
(2015-current) “Hi I’m Dustin, I’m a second year Ph.D student at Michigan State University. I’m generally involved in the Single Atom Microscope experiment in Spinlab. I’m also interested in computing, and working towards a certificate in high performance computing from the CMSE at MSU”

 

 

 

13567218_1327475137267047_8181975338820788559_nTenzin Ragba (2015-current) “I’m a graduate student in the spinlab but currently based at Argonne National Lab. I work here on our Ra-225 permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) search experiment. This involves using lasers to cool and trap atoms into a very small region with very stable electric and magnetic fields to study their spin precession. Because of their versatility and the ability they provide us to study atomic phenomena with such precision, lasers are my favorite tools in the lab. That being said, I do spend most of my time in the lab being as unhappy with them as they are with me. ”

Contact singhj@nscl.msu.edu if interested

Undergrads:
img_1409Jake Huneau
 (2014-current)-   “I am an undergraduate senior currently majoring in physics. I am working on doing analysis for the HeXe experiment and working on the Radium EDM experiment. I developed a program that acts as a calculator that can calculate the decays and total radiation energy from any isotope. I enjoy doing analysis and computational physics and have interests in high energy physics and fluid dynamics. I plan on pursuing my doctorate after I graduate in May 2017. My favorite scientific instrument is either a computer for doing analysis or a soldering iron for building circuits”

 

danielcoulterDaniel Coulter (2015-current)-   “I am an undergraduate studying physics and astrophysics at MSU. I began working in the Spinlab group in May 2015. I am working on the Radium EDM Project and I am in charge of the Spinlab Magnetic Field Mapping Project. In addition to working with this group, I also do astrophysics research with Dr. Laura Chomiuk, focusing mainly on observations of variable stars. Once I get my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend grad school and study astrophysics. When I am not in the lab I enjoy traveling throughout the US, hiking, mountain climbing, photography, and writing/playing/listening to music. Favorite Scientific Instrument: MSU Observatory 24″ Telescope”


img_1414Adam Powers
(2016-current)-  “I have worked as an undergraduate research assistant on the Radium EDM project since Spring of 2016. Our work mostly involves using the magnetic field-blocking prototype to make residual magnetic field measurements on different types of metallic electrodes, and a high voltage vacuum enclosure used to condition the electrodes we use. I mostly work on taking measurements and improving our measurement taking process with the prototype. My favorite scientific instrument is the prototype we use to take our measurements in due to its unique material properties and the sensitivity it allows us to measure at”

img_1402Kristen Parzuchowski (2015-current)-  “I have worked as an undergraduate research assistant on the Single Atom Detection in Cryogenics Solids experiment since August
of 2015. My work has consisted of planning, designing and assembling the vacuum system for our experiment. I calculate expected outputs such as the atomic flow rate & fluorescence yield for beam flux measurements and the ratio of ytterbium (& magnesium) to neon in our thin films of solid neon. I write programs that make the calculations quick and easy. I adjust optics for the experiment and help with collecting and analyzing the actual data. My favorite scientific instrument is our spectrometer. We use it in almost all of our experiments because it’s a simple way to measures the spectrum of light in an instant”


img_1419Steven Fromm
, DRS Program (2015-current) “I am an Army veteran and currently attending MSU working on a physics major.  My current project in Spinlab is running Monte Carlo simulations of our Radium EDM experiment’s laser trap; this allows us to test out various experimental upgrades and find ways to improve our trapping efficiency.  I also work on developing various data acquisition systems that we use here in Spinlab.”

 

 


IMG_9896.jpgLiam Clink
(2015-current)-  “My name is Liam and I have what may be considered an unhealthy obsession with physics; my free time is often filled with reading texts on physics and taking notes on them for fun. I have worked on the degaussing project and assisted in collaboration with a PhD student from the University of Michigan. I also have a passion for waterskiing. I suppose that my favorite scientific instrument would be the torsion balance because of how simple it is, and yet how precisely it can measure attractive forces.”