People

Faculty

Kyle G. Leach

Kyle G. Leach

Assistant Professor

Email:  kleach@mines.edu

Phone: (303) 273 3044

Fax: (303) 273 3919

Office: CK 310

Ph.D.  –  University of Guelph, Canada

Current Teaching Assignments:

  • PHGN 504: Radiation Detection and Measurement (Spring 2019)
  • PHGN 422: Nuclear Physics (Fall 2018) – Website

Research Interests:

  • High-precision tests of the Standard Model
  • Novel searches for keV-scale sterile neutrinos
  • Neutrinoless double beta decay
  • Radioactive decay of highly charged exotic ions
  • Technical development of radiation detection techniques in nuclear physics

 Professional Experience and Activities:

After completing his PhD in 2013, Dr. Leach accepted a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the TRIUMF facility in Vancouver, Canada, performing novel in-trap decay spectroscopy studies on highly charged radioactive ions with the TITAN collaboration.  Since 2015 Dr. Leach has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines and Head of the Electroweak Interactions (EI) Group.  The EI group’s research is primarily performed at TRIUMF (Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics) in Vancouver, Canada, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), on the campus of Michigan State University, and the Maier-Leibnitz-Laboratorium in Garching, Germany.

Dr. Leach is a referee for numerous international research journals, and reviews funding applications for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF).  He has served as an ex-officio member on the Advisory Committee on TRIUMF (ACOT) which reports to the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and recently a member of the TRIUMF 5 year plan (2020-2025) steering committee.  Dr. Leach was also elected Chair of the TRIUMF Users’ Group Executive Committee (TUEC) in 2015, and has served as Chair-Elect (2016), Chair (2017), and Past-Chair (2018).  Dr. Leach is currently the Head of Graduate Admissions in the Department of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. 

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) – Since 2006
  • American Physical Society (APS) – Since 2006
  • TRIUMF Users Group (TUG) – Since 2006
  • ATLAS Users Group (Argonne National Laboratory) – Since 2008
  • Canadian Institute for Nuclear Physics (CINP) – Since 2008
  • Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Users Group – Since 2012

Professional Collaborations:

  • nEXO Collaboration (Next Generation Enriched Xenon Observatory)
  • Gamma-Ray Infrastructure for the Fundamental Investigation of Nuclei (GRIFFIN) at TRIUMF
  • TRIUMF’s Ion Traps for Atomic and Nuclear Science (TITAN) at TRIUMF
  • Radioactive Decay Station at FRIB
  • SOLenoid spectrometer Apparatus for ReactIon Studies (SOLARIS) at FRIB/Argonne

 

Graduate Students

Connor Natzke

Connor Natzke

Ph.D. Student

Email: cnatzke@mines.edu

B.Sc. (2017) – Colorado School of Mines

Connor’s research interests include:

  • Detailed characterization of the GRIFFIN spectrometer at TRIUMF
  • Two-Photon decay of 90Zr
Spencer Fretwell

Spencer Fretwell

Ph.D. Student

Email: sfretwel@mines.edu

B.Sc. (2018) – Colorado School of Mines
M.S. (2019) – Colorado School of Mines

Spencer’s research interests include:

  • Heavy neutrino studies using superconducting quantum sensors
Jon Ringuette

Jon Ringuette

Ph.D. Student

Email: jringuette@mines.edu

B.Sc. (2015) – University of Washington

Jon’s research interests include:

  • Nuclear Excitation via Electron Capture (NEEC)
Connor bray

Connor bray

M.S. Student

Email: cbray@mines.edu

B.Sc. (2019) – Colorado School of Mines

Connor’s research interests include:

  • GEANT4 simulations of STJ detectors for ultra-low energy charged particle detection
Brandon Boucher

Brandon Boucher

M.S. Student

Email: boucher@mines.edu

B.Sc. (2019) – Colorado School of Mines

Brandon’s research interests include:

  • Simulations of decay ion traps for fundamental symmetry studies

Undergraduate Students

Alumni

2019

  • Matthew Martin (2016 – 2018)  M.S. May 2019
  • Zacary Parkhill (2018 – 2019)   B.S.  May 2019

2018

  • Hannah Grover (2016 – 2018)  M.S. August 2018
  • Jessica Berry (2017 – 2018)   B.S.  May 2018
  • Hayden Blair (2016 – 2018)   B.S.  May 2018
  • Yana Likhtenshteyn (2017-2018)   B.S.   May 2018
  • Will McDonald (2017-2018)   B.S.   May 2018

2017

  • Peter Consalvi (2016 – 2017)   B.S.  May 2017
  • Alex Harget (2016 – 2017)   M.S.  July 2017
  • Matt Jones (2016-2017)
  • Brian Steward  (2015 – 2017)   M.S.   January 2017

2016

  • Patrick Hunt (2016)
  • William Counley (2015 – 2016) B.S. May 2016
  • Markus Garbiso (2015 – 2016) B.S. May 2016
  • Monika Osborn (2015 – 2016) B.S. May 2016