Selected Honors, Awards, and Public Outreach/Service:
2010 Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Letters & Science MSU
2010 Award for Excellence, MSU Alumni Association and Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce
2001-present Montana State University
1998-2001 University of Montana - Missoula
1994-1998 Los Alamos National Laboratory
1994 Ph.D. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
1988 B.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison
My teaching interests include modern physics (quantum mechanics, special relativity, particle physics), and mathematical and computational physics. I enjoy teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I am especially concerned with issues relating to the continuity and completeness of the undergraduate curriculum.
My research in experimental subatomic physics focuses on spin and isospin phenomena in light nuclei (e.g. hydrogen and helium), primarily at the intersection of high-energy particle physics and conventional nuclear physics. The broad goal of my experimental program is to characterize the strong interaction in a well-understood nuclear medium. I am currently a member of several international collaborations conducting experiments at TRIUMF (Vancouver, British Columbia), BNL (Ridge, New York), and LANL (Los Alamos, New Mexico). My work involves experimental design, particle detection, data acquisition, data analysis, and theoretical modeling.
Measurement of 4He(p,n) at 100 and 200 MeV; Analysis with recoil-corrected continuum shell model, C. M. Riedel, D. Dehnhard, M. Palarczyk, et al., Phys. Rev. C 69, 024616 (2004).
Experimental study of the 12C(K-stopped,Λ0)12ΛB reaction, M. W. Ahmed, X. Cui, A. Empl, et al., Phys. Rev. C 68, 064004 (2003).
Analyzing powers for π-p elastic scattering at 279 MeV, G. J. Hofman, J. Breitschopf, K. Craig, et al., Phys. Rev. C 68, 018202 (2003).
The Construction and Operating Characteristics of a Cathode Strip Chamber System Designed to Measure the Reaction Vertices of a Stopping Kaon Beam, M. W. Ahmed, D. Androic, I. Bertovic, et al., Nucl. Instr. Meth. A469, 95 (2001).
An 800-MeV proton radiography facility for dynamic experiments, N. S. P. King, E. Ables, K. Adams, et al., Nucl. Instr. Meth. A424, 84 (1999).
Analyzing powers for the π- p → π°n reaction across the Δ(1232) resonance, C. V. Gaulard, C. M. Riedel, J. R. Comfort, et al., Phys. Rev. C 60, 024604 (1999).
Measurements of asymmetries of pion single charge exchange on polarized ³He at 200 MeV, Q. Zhao, G. Burleson, S. Blanchard, et al., Phys. Rev. C 60, 024001 (1999).
MSU Physics Colloquium, October 26, 2012.