Brian D'Urso Ph.D
- Brian R. D'Urso received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 from Harvard University, where his work contributed to a new measurement of the electron g-factor, which currently provides the most accurate measurement of the fine structure constant. He went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Wigner Fellow in 2003, and remained as a member of the ORNL Research Staff and then Senior Research Staff until 2008, where he lead a team developing nanostructured materials and novel fabrication techniques. In 2009, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh. He and his group moved to Montana State University in 2017, where they currently focus on optomechanical systems.
The research in the D'Urso group pursues new precision measurements and addresses fundamental physics questions. We utilize microparticles and nanoparticles levitated in magnetic, optical, and Paul traps under vacuum to make sensitive measurements with controlled coupling to the environment. Two specific goals we are currently pursuing include fundamental tests of quantum mechanics and quantum gravity and a new approach to a precision measurement of the Newtonian gravitational constant G.