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Gordon Jones


Gordon Jones
Gordon Jones

Litchfield Professor of Astronomy

Taylor Science Center G071
315-859-4697

Gordon Jones' research interests include using neutrons to study fundamental symmetries and polarizing neutrons for use in materials science. On the fundamental side, Jones studies time reversal symmetry and weak interactions in nuclei. On the applied side, he builds devices used to understand magnetic materials such as the read heads in computer hard drives. He has published papers in journals such as the Physical Review C, Journal of Applied Crystallography and Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Jones previously worked as a NRC post-doc, NIST and a visiting scientist at Indiana University. He earned his doctorate in nuclear physics from Princeton University.

Our lives are enriched by knowing a little about how the world works. Even simple everyday objects give us insights into fundamental laws of the universe. I am blessed with a job that lets me get to know students individually, teach those students about how the universe is put together and play with expensive toys.

Recent Courses Taught

The Mechanical Universe
How Things Work

Distinctions

Three National Science Foundation grants

Five Department of Energy grants

John R. Hatch, Class of 1925, Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, 2002

Selected Publications

  • “Search for T-odd, P-even triple correlation in neutron decay,” T.E. Chupp, R.L. Cooper, K.P. Coulter, S.J. Freedman, B.K. Fujikawa, A. Garcia, G.L. Jones, H.P. Mumm, J.S. Nico, A.K. Thompson, C.A. Trull, F.E. Wietfeldt, and J.F. Wilkerson, Phys. Rev. C, 86, 035505 (2012).
  • “New Limit on Time-Reversal Violation in Beta Decay,” H.P. Mumm, T.E. Chupp, R.L. Cooper, K.P. Coulter, S.J. Freedman, B.K. Fujikawa, A. Garcia, G.L. Jones, J.S. Nico, A.K. Thompson, C.A. Trull, J.F. Wilkerson, F.E. Wietfeldt, Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 102301 (2011).
  • "Wide Angle Neutron Spin Filter System Using Polarized 3He,” C.B. Fu; T. R. Gentile; G. L. Jones; W. C. Chen; R. Erwin; S. Watson; C. Broholm; J. A. Rodriguez-Rivera; J. Scherschligt, Physica B, 406, 2419, (2011).
  • “Measurement of Parity-Violating Gamma-Ray Asymmetry in the Capture of Polarized Cold Neutrons on Protons,”  M.T. Gericke, R. Alarcon, S. Balascuta, L. Barron-Palos, C. Blessinger, J.D. Bowman, R.D. Carlini, W. Chen, T.E. Chupp, C. Crawford, S. Covrig, M. Dabaghyan, N. Fomin, S.J. Freedman, T.R. Gentile, R.C. Gillis, G.L. Greene, F.W. Hersman, T. Ino, G.L. Jones, B. Lauss, M. Leuschner, W.R. Lozowski, R. Mahurin, Y. Masuda, J. Mei, G.S. Mitchell, S. Muto, H. Nann, S.A. Page, S.I. Penttila, W.D. Ramsay, A. Salas-Bacci, S. Santra, M. Sharma, P.-N. Seo, E.I. Sharapov, T.B. Smith, W.M. Snow, W.S. Wilburn, V. Yuan, Phys. Rev. C 83, 015505, (2011).
  • “Effects of High-Flux Neutron Beams on 3He Cells Polarized In Situ with Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping,” E. Babcock, S. Boag, M. Becker, W. C. Chen, T. E. Chupp, T. R. Gentile, G. L. Jones, A. K. Petukhov, T. Soldner, and T. G. Walker, Phys. Rev. A 80, 033414 (2009).
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  • “aCORN: An Experiment to Measure the Electron–Antineutrino Correlation in Neutron Decay,” F.E. Wietfeldt, J. Byrne, B. Collett, M.S. Dewey, G.L. Jones, A. Komives, A. Laptev, J.S. Nico, G. Noid, E.J. Stephenson, I. Stern, C. Trull, B.G. Yerozolimsky, NIM-A, 611, 207–210 (2009).
  • “Violation in Neutron-Proton Capture – The NPDGamma Experiment,” M. Gericke, S. Page, D. Ramsay, R. Alarcon, S. Balascuta, L. Barron, J.D. Bowman, R.D. Carlini, W. Chen, T.E. Chupp, C. Crawford, S. Covrig, M. Dabaghyan, S.J. Freedman, T.R. Gentile, R.C. Gillis, G.L. Greene, F.W. Hersman, T. Ino,  G.L. Jones, B. Lauss, M. Leuschner, B. Losowki, R. Mahurin, Y. Masuda, J. Mei, G.S. Mitchell, S. Muto, H. Nann, S. Penttilä, A. Salas-Bacci, S. Santra, P.N. Seo, E. Sharapov, M. Sharma, T. Smith, W.M. Snow, W.S. Wilburn, V. Yuan, NIM-A, 611, pp. 239-43 (2009).
  • “Applications of 3He Neutron Spin Filters at the NCNR,” W.C. Chen, R. Erwin, J.W. McIver III, S. Watson, C.B. Fu, T.R. Gentile, J.A. Borchers, J.W. Lynn, G.L. Jones, Physica B, 404 2663–2666 (2009).
  • “High-Efficiency Resonant RF Spin Rotator with Broad Phase Space Acceptance for Pulsed Polarized Cold Neutron Beams,” P.-N. Seo, L. Barron-Palos, J.D. Bowman, T.E. Chupp, C. Crawford, M. Dabaghyan, M. Dawkins, S.J. Freedman, T. Gentile, M.T. Gericke, R.C. Gillis, G.L. Greene, F.W. Hersman, G.L. Jones, M. Kandes, S. Lamoreaux, B. Lauss, M.B. Leuschner, R. Mahurin, M. Mason, J. Mei, G.S. Mitchell, H. Nann, S.A. Page, S.I. Penttilä, W.D. Ramsay, A. Salas Bacci, S. Santra, M. Sharma, T.B. Smith, W.M. Snow, W.S. Wilburn, H. Zhu, Phys. Rev. Special Topic: Accelerators and Beams.  11, 084701 (2008).
  • “3He Spin Filters for a Thermal Neutron Triple Axis Spectrometer,” W.C. Chen, G. Armstrong, Y. Chen, B. Collett, R. Erwin, T.R. Gentile, G.L. Jones, J.W. Lynn, S. McKenney, J.E. Steinberg, Physica B, 397 168-171 (2007).
  • “A Large Area Polarized 3He Neutron Spin Filter,”  T.E. Chupp, K.P. Coulter, M. Kandes, M. Sarma, T.B. Smith, G.L. Jones, W.C. Chen, T.R. Gentile, D.R. Rich, B. Lauss, M.T. Gericke, R.C. Gillis, S.A. Page, J.D. Bowman, S.I. Penttilä, W.S. Wilburn, M. Dabaghyan, R.W. Hersman, M. Mason, NIM-A, 574 500-509, (2007).
  • “Test of a Continuously Polarized 3He Neutron Spin Filter with NMR-based Polarization Inversion on a Single Crystal Diffractometer,”  G.L. Jones, F. Dias, B. Collett, W.C. Chen, T.R. Gentile, P.M.B. Piccoli, M.E. Miller, A.J. Schultz, H. Yan, X. Tong, W.M. Snow, W.T. Lee, C. Hoffmann, J. Thomison,  Physica B 385, 1131 (2006).
  • “Upper Bounds on Parity-Violating G-ray Asymmetries in Compound Nuclei from Polarized Cold Neutron Capture,” M.T. Gericke, J.D. Bowman, R.D. Carlini, T.E. Chupp, K.P. Coulter, M. Dabaghyan, M. Dawkins, D. Desai, S.J. Freedman, T.R. Gentile, R.C. Gillis, G.L. Greene, F.W. Hersman, T. Ino, G.L. Jones, M. Kandes, B. Lauss, M. Leuschner, W.R. Lozowski, R. Mahurin, M. Mason, Y. Masuda, G.S. Mitchell, S. Muto, H. Nann, S.A. Page, S.I. Penttilä, W.D. Ramsay, S. Santra, P.-N. Seo, E.I. Sarapov, T.B. Smith, W.M. Snow, W.S. Wilburn, V. Yuan, and H. Zhu,” Phys. Rev. C 74, 065503 (2006).
  • "3He Polarization via Optical Pumping in a Birefringent Cell,”  Y. Masuda, T. Ino, V.R. Skoy, G.L. Jones, Applied Physics Letters 87, 053506, (2005).

Educational Background

Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Princeton University
B.A., Williams College

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