Faculty Profile

Harry Nelson

Professor, Physics



Physics Department
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 - 9530

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Research Description

Search of the Dark Matter of Universe
Reliable data indicate that most of the matter in the universe emits no detectable light. The `dark' matter is inferred, generally, from the gravitational pull that it exerts on the matter that does emit light. For example, the atoms that orbit many spiral galaxies move at speeds that are much faster than the gravitational pull of the light-emitting matter alone in those galaxies would cause


Harry Nelson's teaching interests have been quantum mechanics, particle physics, and introductory lower division physics. He also work closely with two doctoral students, Ray Bunker, Joel Sander, as well as a postdoctoral scholar, Rupak Mahapatra His research interests are particle detectors, decays of heavy quarks, CP violation, and searches for new particles. His primary research activities are now with the CDMS collaboration. He have served in UCSB's Faculty Legislature, on various university committees, and on a variety of Physics Department Committees.

Selected Publications

  • A Search for Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors (CDMS), ICHEP, 1998, CDMS collaboration CDMS collaboration
  • First Data from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) Experiment, 18th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, 1996, CDMS collaboration
  • Experiments Searching for Nonbaryonic Dark Matter, Nucl. Physics, B 38, 394, 1995, CDMS collaboration
  • Neutron Background for a Dark Matter Experiment at a Shallow Depth Sit, Nucl.Instrum.Meth, A 354, 553, 1995, CDMS collaboration