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Popp, James

Popp, James

Curriculum Coordinator for Physics and Astronomy
Earth and Physical Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2583
Office Location: AC-2F09C

I am an experimental elementary particle physicist. My interests lie in developing techniques and equipment to probe new physics beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particle Physics. I am a founding collaborator of 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 am also interested in finding new applications for particle detector technologies which led me to join the Plasma Electro-Energetic Physics research group sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. 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.

Office Hours

Tuesday12-2 PM
Thursday12-2 PM


PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics 1997 
MS Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL Physics 1987 
BS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics 1985 
BS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mathematics 1985 

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental high-energy physics and probing the physics of the Early Universe
  • High-Power Targetry & Proton beam delivery line design and development
  • Ultra-relativistic heavy ion collision physics and the study of the properties of the quark-gluon plasma
  • Relativistic plasma physics
  • Vacuum Science
  • Industrial physics
  • Materials Science

Publications in Field Of Expertise