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Thomas Handler

Dr. Thomas Handler


Experimental Elementary Particle Physics
Office: 504 Nielsen Physics Building
Phone: (865) 974-7820


I have been involved with experimental particle physics since my undergraduate days at Carnegie Mellon University. I have worked on experiments at various particle physics laboratories around the globe. These have included Brookhaven National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and CERN. I was also involved in the defunct Superconducting Super Collider. During this time frame, I have used various experimental technologies spanning from bubble chambers to fully electronic detectors.

My original interests were in meson spectroscopy - looking for new particle states and then measuring their properties. I am now currently involved in neutrino experiments that will study the properties of the neutrinos.

Along the way I became skilled in the use of Monte Carlo computer codes that transport particles through materials. These programs have multiple uses. I have used these programs to help design the calorimeter that would have been used for the SDC experiment at the SSC and these codes were also used to help design the calorimeter for the FOCUS/E831 experiment at FNAL.

I have also been involved in the Monte Carlo simulation for the shielding of the detector elements for three NASA satellites that are or were functioning in Earth orbit. I also participated in the simulation work that checked the feasibility of detecting fissionable materials by means of photo dissociation.

During the years I have also been an external reviewer for DOE Offices of Science and Basic Energy Science. I have also done reviews of proposals for the Idaho National Laboratory.

In recent years I have been involved in lobbying efforts to Congress on behalf of experimental particle physics. From this has come my interest in the inter-relationship between Science and Public Policy. From this interest I developed a course on Science and Public Policy that I now teach. [See Dr. Handler's talk at Fermilab: Handler encourages young scientists to make research accessible to government]


Dr. Handler has taught the following courses:

Brief Vita

Professor Thomas Handler earned a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1968, and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University in 1975. He joined the staff of the University of Tennessee as a Research Associate Physicist in 1974. In 1977 he became a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tennessee and has been a full Professor since 1992. He is also a faculty affiliate with the University of Tennessee Institute for Nuclear Security and a faculty associate with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at UT.

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