People

Faculty

Kyle G. Leach

Kyle G. Leach

Associate Professor

Email:  kleach@mines.edu

Phone: (303) 273 3044

Fax: (303) 273 3919

Office: CK 310

Ph.D.  –  University of Guelph, Canada

Recent Teaching Assignments:

  • PHGN 504: Radiation Detection and Measurement (Spring 2019)
  • PHGN 422: Nuclear Physics (Fall 2021) – Website
  • PHGN 100: Physics-I Mechanics (Spring 2020)

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.  Dr. Leach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines, Head of the Electroweak Interactions (EI) Group, and Spokesperson for the BeEST Experiment.  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).  The research program of Dr. Leach has been recognized with several awards, including the 2020 U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Research Award and being named a 2019 FRIB Visiting Scholar.  He is currently the Head of Graduate Admissions in the Department of Physics and sits on the Research Advisory Board 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:

  • The BeEST (Berylium Electron-capture with Superconducting Tunnel junctions)
  • 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

 

Funding Sources and Partners:
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Graduate Students

Connor Natzke

Connor Natzke

Ph.D. Student

Email: cnatzke@mines.edu

Currently stationed at TRIUMF

B.Sc. – Colorado School of Mines

Connor’s research interests include:

  • Two-Photon decay of 90Zr with GRIFFIN
Spencer Fretwell

Spencer Fretwell

Ph.D. Student

NNIS Fellow

Currently stationed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Email: sfretwel@mines.edu

B.Sc. & M.S. – Colorado School of Mines

Spencer’s research interests include:

  • Technical development of Superconducting Tunnel Junction radiation detectors for tests of fundamental symmetries in nuclear decay
Drew Marino

Drew Marino

Ph.D. Student

Email: amarino@mines.edu

B.Sc. – Colorado School of Mines

Drew’s research interests include:

  • Data blinding and precision characterization for the BeEST experiment
Jon Ringuette

Jon Ringuette

Ph.D. Student

Email: jringuette@mines.edu

Currently stationed at TRIUMF

B.Sc. – University of Washington

Jon’s research interests include:

  • Nuclear Excitation via Electron Capture (NEEC) in an Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT
Connor bray

Connor bray

Ph.D. Student

Email: cbray@mines.edu

B.Sc. & M.S. – Colorado School of Mines

Connor’s research interests include:

  • Heavy neutrino studies using superconducting quantum sensors
  • Low-energy simulations of radiation in superconducting detectors
Cameron Harris

Cameron Harris

Ph.D. Student

Email: cnharris@mines.edu

B.S. – U.S. Air Force Academy
M.S. – Air Force Institute of Technology

Cameron’s research interests include:

  • Precision materials characterization for ion-beam implantation into thin film quantum sensors

Undergraduate Students

Ross Demott

Ross Demott

B.S. Student

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    Jessie Fehrenbach

    Jessie Fehrenbach

    B.S. Student

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      Duncan Fuehne

      Duncan Fuehne

      B.S. Student

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        Olivia Jackson

        Olivia Jackson

        B.S. Student

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          Sergio oscar nuÑez silva

          Sergio oscar nuÑez silva

          B.S. Student

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            Joey MacGuire

            Joey MacGuire

            B.S. Student

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            caitlyn stone-whitehead

            caitlyn stone-whitehead

            B.S. Student

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              Keenan myers

              Keenan myers

              B.S. Student

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                Alumni

                2021

                • Steven Barber (2019 – 2020)  B.S. May 2021
                • Alan Durick (2019 – 2020)  B.S. May 2021
                • Josh Leyba (2020-2021) B.S. May 2021
                • Iain Bisset (2019-2021) B.S. May 2020

                2020

                • Brandon Boucher (2019 – 2020)  M.S. May 2020
                • Joshua Stackhouse (2019-2020) B.S. May 2020
                • Hunter Thompson (2019-2020)

                2019

                • Matthew Martin (2016 – 2019)  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