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Gentile, Thomas R.

 Research Interests

Development and application of polarized 3He-based neutron spin filters to neutron scattering and fundamental neutron physics. Experiments in fundamental neutron physics, in particular photon detection for neutron radiative decay.

Professional Experience

1996 - present: Physicist, Neutron Interactions and Dosimetry Group, Physics Lab. (part time 12/94-1/96)

1993 - 1996: Physicist, Detector Metrology Group, Radiometric Physics Division, Physics Laboratory.

1990-1992: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA Research fellow, Kellogg Radiation Laboratory

Associated Research Experience and Educational Experience

1979-1990: Ph.D. in Physics. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Thesis advisor: Prof. Daniel Kleppner. Title:Microwave Spectroscopy and Atom-Photon Interactions in Rydberg States of Calcium, Plasma physics. Advisor: Prof. Miklos Porkolab.

1977-1979: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT STONY BROOK, Stony Brook, NY. B.S. in Physics with high honors, John S. Toll prize to Outstanding Physics Senior

1977-1979: Student assistant, Stony Brook Nuclear Structure Lab, Profs. P. Paul and G.D. Sprouse

1975-1977: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT ALBANY, ALBANY, NY (transferred to SUNY at Stony Brook, 1/77)
Professional Affiliations

•  American Physical Society
•  NPDGamma and abBA collaborations. NPDGamma Executive Committee, 7/04 - 1/06.
•  Instrument Development Team, SNS Single Crystal Diffractometer.
•  "Observer" on 3He Neutron Spin Filter JRA, NMI3

Publications, talks, and external support

  • Approximately 90 publications and conference proceedings, and approximately 35 invited talks
  • Co-PI with Prof. W.M. Snow (Indiana University) on "Polarized 3He in Neutron Scattering," U.S. Dept. of Energy (Materials Science Division, Basic Energy Sciences,) 1996-2012. Participation with M.S. Dewey (PI) et al in "Fundamental Physics with Cold Neutrons," U.S. Department of Energy (Nuclear Physics Division) Interagency Agreements



Radiation and Biomulecular Physics Division
Neutron Physics Group

Employment History:

NIST, 1993 - present


Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990


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