Areas of Study
Email Address
Taylor Science Center G071

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.

Jones 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.

Recent Courses Taught

The Mechanical Universe
How Things Work


American Physical Society award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution, 2021
Five National Science Foundation grants
Five Department of Energy grants
Samuel and Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2017
John R. Hatch, Class of 1925, Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, 2002

Selected Publications

  • “Measurement of the Neutron Decay Electron-Antineutrino Angular Correlation by the aCORN Experiment,” M. T. Hassan, W. A. Byron, G. Darius, C. DeAngelis, F. E. Wietfeldt, B. Collett, G. L. Jones, A. Komives, G. Noid, E. J. Stephenson, F. Bateman, M. S. Dewey, T. R. Gentile, M. P. Mendenhall, J. S. Nico, Phys. Rev. C, 103, 045502, arXiv https://arxiv.org/abs/2012.14379, (2021).
  • “Neutron polarimetry using a polarized 3He cell for the aCORN experiment,” B.C. Schafer, W.A. Byron, W.C. Chen, B. Collett, M.CS. Dewey, T.R. Gentile, Md.T. Hassan, G.L. Jones, A. Komives, F.E.Wietfeldt, Nuc. Inst. Meth.-A, 988, 164862, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2020.164862, (2021)
  • “Measurement of the electron-antineutrino angular correlation in Neutron β Decay,” B. Darius, W.A. Byron, C.R. DeAngelis, M.T. Hassan, F.E. Weitfeldt, B. Collett, G.L. Jones, M.S. Dewey, M.P. Mendenhall, J.S. Nico, H. Park, A. Komives, and E.J. Stephenson, Phys. Rev. Let., 119, 042502 (2017)
  • “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).

Educational Background

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

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