Jeffrey D. Richman

   Professor of Physics

     Office:     5111 Broida Hall
     Phone:    (805) 893-8408
     Fax:        (805) 893-8597
     Email:     richman ---at---
     Mail:       Physics Department
                     University of California
                     Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9530
     Jeffrey Richman - short biographical sketch
     Teaching and teaching evaluations

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My research is in experimental elementary particle physics, the exploration of the fundamental constituents of matter and their interactions. I currently have two postdoctoral fellows, Ana Ovcharova and Manuel Franco Sevilla, and three graduate students, Jack Bradmiller-Feld, Adam Dishaw, and Alex Dorsett. I work on the CMS experiment at CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), mainly on searches for supersymmetry (SUSY) and other new physics. I have also worked for many years on heavy-quark physics, most recently on the BaBar experiment at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

I encourage inquiries from graduate students interested in working on CMS. Just send me an e-mail, call, or stop by my office. Undergraduates interested in working in my group are advised to take Ph 125 and Ph 115 abc first.

The CMS experiment is an exciting project to explore physics at the TeV energy scale, where new kinds of phenomena are expected to appear. We are exploring the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking, which endows many particles with masses, and searching for particles that could make up the dark matter inferred from astrophysical observations.

I am currently working on searches for supersymmetric particles in leptonic and all-hadronic final states and in final states with higgs bosons. My group was heavily involved in the CMS Muon High Level Trigger and in electronics development for the CMS muon CSC (cathode-strip chambers) system. I have been co-convener of the CMS Supersymmetry (SUSY) physics analysis group and am currently co-chair of the SUSY Publications Board.

In BaBar I worked on the construction of the Silicon Vertex Tracker (SVT) and on the analysis of rare B meson decays. I was Physics Analysis Coordinator of BaBar in 2003-2004 and Deputy Physics Analysis Coordinator in 2002-2003. In BaBar, we are addressing the driving issue of heavy-quark physics: CP violation and its origin. CP violation refers to a difference between the behavior of matter and antimatter. To study it, we can compare the rate for a process involving a set of particles with the rate for the same process in which each particle is replaced by its antiparticle.

The papers and talks listed below give more information on these and other topics.

I have taught particle physics (graduate and undergraduate), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, analog and digital electronics, computer interfacing, senior lab, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, and introductory physics. I have taught most of the courses listed below 2-3 times. Teaching Evaluations (past few years)
Rate overall quality of instructor's teaching. (Averaged over students, scale 1-5, 1 is best.)
  • Ph 225a, Elementary Particle Physics (grad), Fall 2014, Teaching eval = 1.0
  • Ph 225b, Elementary Particle Physics (grad), Winter 2014, Teaching eval = 1.5
  • Ph 225a, Elementary Particle Physics (grad), Fall 2013, Teaching eval = 1.4
  • Ph 225b, Elementary Particle Physics (grad), Winter 2013, Teaching eval = 1.0
  • Ph 225a, Elementary Particle Physics (grad), Fall 2012, Teaching eval = 1.0
  • Ph 125, Elementary Particle Physics (undergrad), Spring 2012, Teaching eval = 1.3
  • Ph 4, Introductory Electromagnetism and Optics (undergrad), Spring 2012, Teaching eval = 1.6
  • Ph 225b, Elementary Particle Physics (grad), Winter 2012, Teaching eval = 1.0
  • Ph 125, Elementary Particle Physics (undergrad), Spring 2011, Teaching eval = 1.8
  • Ph 4, Introductory Electromagnetism and Optics (undergrad), Winter 2011 Teaching eval = 1.8
  • Ph 125, Elementary Particle Physics (undergrad), Spring 2008 Teaching eval = 1.2
  • Ph 119, Thermal Physics (undergrad), Fall 2007, Teaching eval = 2.1
  • Ph 125, Elementary Particle Physics (undergrad), Spring 2007, Teaching eval = 1.3
  • Ph 4, Introductory Electromagnetism and Optics (undergrad), Winter 2007, Teaching eval = 2.0
  • Physics and math videos
    Here are some fun physics videos, many of which were suggested by students in my Ph 4 class.