Graduate Student Mike Williams wins 2008 CEBAF Thesis Prize.-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Graduate Student Mike Williams wins 2008 CEBAF Thesis Prize.

Mike Williams (center) is congratulated by Christoph Lehman, director of Jefferson Lab (right) and Jerry Drayer, president of SURA (left) after being awarded the 2008 CEBAF Thesis Prize.
Mike Williams (center) is congratulated by Christoph Lehman, director of Jefferson Lab (right) and Jerry Drayer, president of SURA (left) after being awarded the 2008 CEBAF Thesis Prize.
Carnegie Mellon Graduate Student Mike Williams won the 2008 CEBAF Thesis Prize at the Thomas Jefferson National  Accelerator Facility in Newport News, VA. His Ph.D. thesis, "Measurement of Differential Cross Sections and Spin Density Matrix Elements along with a Partial Wave Analysis for γp → pω using CLAS at Jefferson Lab", analyzed about 20 terrabytes of data from the CLAS detector to extract and analyze his signal. His work increases by several orders of magnitude the inoformation on this reaction and is especially important for a long-standing problem in nuclear physics on the expected number of excited states of the proton and neutron. His work may have identified some of these so-called missing states.

Mike worked with Professor Curtis Meyer in the experimental medium energy physics group, and since completing his thesis, is continuing on at Carnegie Mellon as a post doctoral researcher as part of a Physics at the Information Frontier grant from the National Science Foundation.