Popp, James

Curriculum Coordinator for Physics and Astronomy
Associate Professor
Earth and Physical Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2583
Office Location: AC-2F09C
jpopp@york.cuny.edu

Office Hours 
Tuesday 2-3 PM 
Thursday 2-3 PM 

Education

DegreeInstitutionFieldDates
PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics 1997 
MS Northern Illinois University Physics 1987 
BS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics 1985 
BS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mathematics 1985 
I am an experimental elementary particle physicist interested in developing techniques and equipment to probe new physics beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particle Physics. I am deeply involved in the Mu2e Experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL. This project is meant to test some of the most strongly-held conservation laws of nature: conservation of electron and muon number in particle interactions. I have a strong interest in finding practical applications for particle detector technologies. This has led me to join the Plasma Electro-Energetic Physics research group sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research; the focus of my work is to develop techniques doing cosmic ray muon tomography. Teaching physics at the graduate and undergraduate level is of particular importance to me, both in broadening and deepening my investigations, and mentoring future scientists.

Areas of Expertise

Experimental high-energy physics
Proton beam delivery line design and development
Ultra-relativistic heavy ion collision physics
Relativistic plasmas
Health physics
Industrial physics

Articles in Field Of Expertise

M.L. Lopes, G. Ambrosio, M. Buehler, R. Coleman, D. Evbota, S. Feher, V.V. Kashikhin, M. Lamm, J. Miller, G. Moretti, R. Ostojic, T. Page, J. Popp, M. Tartaglia. "Tolerance Studies of the Mu2e Solenoid System." IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity. 24 (3) June 2014: 3800105.

N. Andreev, G. Ambrosio, J. Brandt, R. Coleman, D. Evbota, V.V. Kashikhin, M. Lopes, J. Miller, T. Nicol, R. Ostojic, T. Page, T. Peterson, J. Popp, V. Pronskikh, Z. Tang, M. Tartaglia, M. Wake, R. Wands, R. Yamada. "Solenoid Magnet System for the Fermilab Mu2e Experiment." IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity. 22(3) June 2012: p.304.

S. Pagava, V. Rusetski, E. B. Farfan, R. E. Dunker, J. L. Popp, M. Avtandilashvili. "Initial Investigation of 222Rn in the Tbilisi Urban Environment." Health Physics. 95 Dec 2008: 761 - 765.

J.L.Popp, for the MECO Collaboration. "The MECO Experiment: a search for lepton flavor violation in muonic atoms.." Nucl. Inst. and Meth. in Phys. Res.. A 472 2001: 354 - 358.

A.Ayala, G.Baym, and J.L.Popp. "The Quantum Mechanics of Particle Correlation Measurements in High-Energy Heavy-Ion Collisions." Nuclear Physics. A 660 1999: 101 - 117.

H.Heiselberg, G.Baym, C.J.Pethick, and J.L.Popp. "Transport Coefficients of Relativistic Plasmas.." Nuclear Physics. A 544 1992: 569 - 572.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

J. L. Popp with The Mu2e Collaboration. "The Mu2e Collaboration: Proposal to Search for Muon-to-Electron Conversion with a Single Event Sensitivity below 10^-16." Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 10/10/08: .

J. L. Popp. "MECO Production Target Development." American Institute of Physics, 5th International Workshop on Neutrino Factories & Superbeams. 721 2004: 321-324.

H.Heiselberg, G.Baym, C.J.Pethick, J.L.Popp, and E.F.Staubo. "Transport Coefficients in Thermal QCD." Workshop on QCD Vacuum Structure and its Applications. 1993: 291 - 297.

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Beam Scanning: How do we optimize targeting?." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 6990 03/14/16: 10.

K. Lynch and J. Pop. "Beam Targeting and Yield Scans: Corrected Apertures and Image Library." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 6618 01/21/16: 79.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Beam Targeting: Final Focus Fringe Fields." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 6611 01/20/16: 8.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Beam Targeting and Yield Scans: Updates with Latest Apertures and Beam." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 6519 01/11/16: 16.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Beam Targeting and Yield Scans: Updates." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 6445 12/12/15: 12.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Beam Targeting and Yield Scans." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 6412 12/07/15: 18.

J. Popp. "Mu2e Tracker: Overview & Progress." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 5830 08/05/15: 13.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Progress on Beam Scanning: Apertures, Kicks, and Yields." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 5814 07/23/15: 21.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Upstream Focus Proton Distribution, Mu2e Targeting, part 2." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 5787 07/13/15: 20.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Mu2e Proton Beam Studies: Target Scans, part 1." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 5706 06/22/15: 11.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "G4Beamline: RAL Target Model." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 5468 04/27/15: 14.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "QC Database Discussion." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 5336 03/30/15: 9.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "QC Database Update." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 5213 02/23/15: 22.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Vacuum Leak Measurement Update." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 4492 09/02/14: 27.

J. Popp, A. Mukherjee, K. Lynch, M. Blackman, S. Silva. "Preliminary T-Tracker HV-Breakdown Tests in Vacuum." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 4451 07/28/14: 9.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Tests of Our Pirani Gauges with a Calibrated Ar Leak." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 4400 07/22/14: 32.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Implementing a QC/QA Database for Tracker Construction." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 4339 07/01/15: 12.

J.L.Popp, et al.. "Mu2e Technical Design Report." Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 4299 01/21/15: 888.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "The Effect of Beam Divergence on Stopped Muon Yield." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 4130 05/05/15: 6.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Straw Vacuum Tests." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 4037 03/31/14: 5.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "How Can We Reliably Reduce Our Stopped Particle Rates?." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3991 03/17/14: 10.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Is G4Beamline Suitable for Energy Deposition Studies?." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3990 03/13/14: 11.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "G4beamline Target Station Alignment Studies (Continued)." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3804 01/31/14: 12.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Radiation-cooled Tungsten Production Target: Stopped Muon Yield vs. Target Length." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3752 01/15/14: 3.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Radiation-cooled Tungsten Production Target: Stopping Muon Yield vs. Target Support Rod Radius." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3751 01/15/14: 3.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Mu2e Primary Target Alignment Studies." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3702 01/06/14: 12.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Vacuum Tests: PPG Straws Update." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3621 11/26/13: 7.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Stopped Muon Yield Variation with Transverse Beam Motions." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3611 11/25/13: 2.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Stopped Muon Yield with Production Target Transverse Offsets." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3609 11/22/13: 1.

K.R.Lynch and J.L.Popp. "Mu2e Muon Yield Sensitivity to Production Solenoid Inner Bore Radius." Mu2e Technical Report,Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3226 08/07/13: 5.

K.R.Lynch and J.L.Popp. "Radiation Cooled Tungsten Production Target: Stopped Muon Yield vs. Target Radius - 2-4 mm." Mu2e Technical Report,Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3144 07/16/13: 4.

K.R.Lynch and J.L.Popp. "The Impact of Target Station Parameters on Stopped Muon and Contaminant Yields." Mu2e Technical Report,Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 3081 07/10/2013: 13.

K. Lynch and J. Popp. "Mu2e Protection Collimator Requirements." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 2897 01/12/16: 4.

J.L. Popp. "Mu2e Target Station." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1790 07/21/11: 30.

J. Brandt, S. Feher, J. Popp. "Basis of Estimate – WBS 5.2.4 Vacuum System – External Components – PD & Final Design Phase." Mu2e Cost & Schedule. 1689 07/20/11: 9.

J.L. Popp. "Preliminary Gas Permeation Test: Aluminized Mylar Film." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1756 07/18/11: 8.

J. Brandt, S. Feher, J. Popp. "Basis of Estimate – WBS 5.2.4 Vacuum System – External Components – CD Phase." Mu2e Cost & Schedule. 1688 07/20/11: 3.

J. Brandt, S. Feher, J. Popp. "Basis of Estimate – WBS 5.2.4 Vacuum System – External Components – Implementation and Close-out." Mu2e Cost & Schedule. 1690 07/08/11: 9.

J. Brandt, J.L. Popp. "Mu2e WBS 5.2 – Beamline Vacuum System." Mu2e Work Breakdown Structure. 1481 07/19/11: 50.

J.L. Popp, et al.. "Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) 5 Muon Beamline." Mu2e Cost & Schedule. 1436 05/23/11: 65.

V. Khalatian and J.L. Popp. "Comparison of Different Proton Target Types." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1475 04/15/11: 9.

J.L. Popp. "Mu2e Production Target Station Highlights." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1420 03/12/11: 61.

J.L. Popp. "Mu2e Pion Production Target: Nominal Heat Load." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1402 03/10/11: 7.

J.Popp et al.. "Solenoid Chapter for Mu2e Conceptual Design Report." Mu2e CDR. 1365 03/07/12: 99.

J.L. Popp, et al.. "Conceptual Design Studies for the Mu2e Detector Solenoid." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1328 01/24/11: 15.

J.L. Popp, et al.. "Mu2e Accelerator Chapter: Mu2e Conceptual Design Report." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1324 03/01/11: .

R.Coleman, M. Lopes, J. Miller, J.L. Popp. "Mu2e Magnetic Field Specifications." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1266 03/17/12: 19.

J.L. Popp. "Mu2e Pion Production Target: Mu2e Directors Review." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1227 12/06/10: 21.

James L. Popp, Richard Colman, Vitaly Pronskikh. "Requirements for the Mu2e Production Solenoid Heat and Radiation Shield." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1092 09/15/10: 15.

J.L. Popp. "Mu2e Heat and Radiation Shield Information Doc." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1036 08/11/10: 15.

J.L. Popp and Eric Rivera. "Mu2e Heat and Radiation Shielding for Production Solenoid." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1035 12/14/10: 22.

J.L. Popp. "Mu2e Heat and Radiation Shielding for Production Solenoid." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1032 08/05/10: 22.

J.L. Popp,R. Coleman, V. Pronskihk. "Requirements for the Mu2e Production Solenoid Heat and Radiation Shield." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 1026 07/23/10: 3.

R.Coleman, J.Popp, M.Syphers. "Mu2e Proton Beam Absorber Requirements." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 948 10/15/10: 6.

J.Popp. "Requirements for the Mu2e Vacuum System." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 897 08/19/10: 3.

J.Popp. "Mu2e Production Target Requirements." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 887 07/23/10: 5.

J.Popp. "MECO Production Target Research Summary." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 985 06/30/10: 52.

J.Popp. "Mu2e Pion Production Solenoid Projects." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 958 06/24/10: 18.

J.Popp. "Mu2e Pion Production Solenoid System Projects." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 989 06/30/10: 20.

J.Popp. "Mu2e Tracker-Helix Calorimeter Entry Point Correlation." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 827 03/29/10: 7.

J.Popp. "Water-Cooled Pion Production Target Progress." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 796 03/09/10: 10.

J.Popp. "Brief Look at Detector Solenoid Specs." Mu2e Collaboration,Fermilab, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 786 02/24/10: 7.

J.Popp. "Production Target Progress." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 739 01/07/10: 28.

J.Popp, Z.Tang, and R.Coleman. "Water-Cooled Pion Production Target for the Mu2e Experiment." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 793 02/09/10: 17.

Z.Tang, R.Coleman, and J.Popp. "Radiation-Cooled Tungsten Target for Mu2e Experiment." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 711 11/03/09: 8.

J.L.Popp. "Mu2e Production Target Status." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 694 10/08/09: 17.

J.Popp and J.Stolte. "Thermal Stress Calculations in Water-Cooled Mu2e Pion Production Target." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 647 08/08/09: 36.

J.L.Popp. "Simulation Package: Mu2e-GMC." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 646 08/07/09: 11.

J.L.Popp. "MECO Production Target Design." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 526 04/14/09: 13.

J.L.Popp with The Mu2e Collaboration. "Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee Meeting: Comments and Recommendations." Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 03/05/09: .

J.L.Popp with the Mu2e Collaboration. "The Mu2e Experiment at Fermilab: Experimental Overview and Critical R&D Issues." Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL. 01/15/09: .

J.L.Popp with The Mu2e Collaboration. "The Mu2e Collaboration: Stage I Approval Letter." Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 420 11/21/08: 2.

J.L.Popp with The Mu2e Collaboration. "Proposal to Search for Muon-to-Electron Conversion with a Single Event Sensitivity below 10^-16." Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 388 10/10/08: 218.

J.L.Popp. "Mu2e Muon Beamline Proposal Outline." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 126 06/02/08: 15.

J.L.Popp with The Mu2e Collaboration. "Letter of Intent: A Muon to Electron Conversion Experiment at Fermilab." Mu2e Technical Report, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia IL, U.S. Department of Energy. 09/28/07: 44.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Threat Detection Using a Modular Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography System " Nov. 30-Dec. 01, 2015: Air Force Office of Scientific Research: Plasma & Electro-Energetic Physics Portfolio Review, Arlington, VA.

" Mu2e Tracker: Overview & Progress " Aug. 05, 2015: American Physical Society, Division of Particles and Fields Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI.

" The Mu2e Experiment at Fermilab " Mar. 04, 2013: High Energy Physics Seminar at SUNY Stony Brook.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Summer Faculty Internship, Visiting Faculty Program at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL;$18,000 + Living and Travel Expenses: June 1, 2015 - August 7, 2015.

Visiting Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL; $116,212: September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010.

Visiting Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL; $129,654: September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011.

Grants-In-Aid

PSC-CUNY 47 Research Award, A Robust Portable GEM Detector for Nuclear Threat Detection. July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017: $6,000..

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Contract Statement of Work for Mu2e Tracker Assembly, Testing, Quality Control at York College, City University of New York. Federal FY 2015: $12,900 + 15% contingency.

PSC-CUNY 46 Research Award, Novel Electron Tracker for a Second-Generation Muon Conversion Experiment. July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016: $6,000..

U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Threat Detection Using a Modular Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography System. January 2015-January 2018: $300,000.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science, Mu2e at The City University of New York. June 2013-April 2016: $291,000.

GRTI (Graduate Research and Technology Initiative), Round 16, Mu2e Tracker Test Stand Projects. December 2012: $30,000.

PSC-CUNY 44 Research Award, At the High Intensity Frontier: The Mu2e Experiment. June 2013 - June 2014: $6,000.

York College Auxiliary Enterprises Foundation, Supersized Physics!. January 2013: $855.

PSC-CUNY 43 Research Award, The High Sensitivity Frontier: The Mu2e Experiment. June 2012 - June 2013: $5,970.

GRTI (Graduate Research and Technology Initiative), Round 15, Mu2e Muon Beamline Projects. December 2011: $36,900.

GRTI (Graduate Research and Technology Initiative), Round 13, Mu2e and MARIACHI Projects. December 2009: $24,927.

PSC-CUNY 40 Research Award, Mu2e Target Design. June 2009 - June 2010: $3,168.

York College Tech Fee Fund, Physics Demonstration Equipment Upgrades & Construction. January 2009: $7,000.

GRTI (Graduate Research and Technology Initiative), Round 12, Pion Production Test Program. December 2008: $27,500.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Judge, Junior Science and Humanities Symposia: 2008-2009, 2011-Present.

Judge, YC Science and Mathematics Expo: 2008-2009, 2011-Present.

Popp, James
 

Popp, James
Associate Professor
Earth and Physical Sciences