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John P. Finley

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John Finley
PHYS 302
PHYS 391 (Lab)
(765) 494-5048
(765) 494-5560

BioSketch

B.S., Physics 1984 West Chester University
Ph.D., Physics 1990 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thank you for your interest, but I am no longer accepting PhD students

Research Interests
  • X-ray, and gamma ray studies of compact objects
  • The evolution of galactic supernova remnants and their connection to cosmic rays
  • The nature of dark matter
  • Developement of ground based gamma-ray astronomy
Activities

veritas_logo.pngI am a member of the VERITAS (Very Eneregetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) collaboration which is an international group of astronomers and astrophysicists that operate an observatory in Southern Arizona. The observatory consists of 4 12 meter air cherenkov telescopes that observe the sky in the 100 GeV to 30 TeV energy band. My current research interests are the nature of the emission from compact objects at high energies and searching for and uncovering the nature of dark matter in the Galaxy, dwarf spheroidal galaxies and in galaxy clusters.

 

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I am a member of the Mu2e Collaboration, created by Fermilab and the Department of Energy. Mu2e is a team of physicists from all over the world working together to design, test, and build the Mu2e experiment. The goal of this project is to observe direct conversion of a muon to an electron in the field of an Aluminum nucleus which violates charged lepton flavor violation (CLFV).  The detection of CLFV would be a clear indicator of physics beyond the standard model.  

 

PhD Students Supervised
  • Sangwook Park, "The Large Scale Structure of the Soft X-ray Background Along the Galactic Plane" 1994-1997 currently Associate Professor of Physics at University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Radhika Srinivasan, "High Energy Search for Pulsating Neutron Stars" 1995-1998 currently at John Muir Health, Clinical Analytics Advisor.
  • Tony Hall, "X-ray Binary Systems" 1996-2000, currently Associate Professor of Astronomy, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • John Millis, "Observation of High Energy Emission from Pulsar Wind Nebulae Using VERITAS", 2004-2008, currently Assistant Professor of Physics, Anderson University.
  • Benjamin Zitzer, "VERITAS Observations of Pulsar Wind Nebulae in the VHE Band", 2006-2010, currently Postdoctoral Research Associate, McGill University.
  • James Tucci, "A Search for Evidence of Dark Matter in Galaxy Clusters", 2012 - 2016, currently IUPUI Visiting Lecturer, UIndy Physics Adjunct, and private tutor.
  • Xianbing Shi, "Calibration study for the Mu2e experiment," PhD expected 2023.

Professional Experience

  • August, 2002-Present: Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Professor
  • August, 2015 - 2021: Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • August, 2002-August, 2006: Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Associate Dept. Head
  • August, 1999-July, 2000: F. L. Whipple Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Visiting Scientist
  • August, 1998-August, 2002: Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Associate Professor
  • August, 1993-August, 1998: Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Assistant Professor
  • March, 1991-August, 1993: University of Wisconsin-Madison Astrophysics Group. Assistant Scientist
  • September, 1990-March, 1991: University of Wisconsin-Madison High Energy Group. Research Associate
  • January 1984-June 1985: Argonne National Laboratory High Energy Physics Division. Research assistant under the direction of Dr. A. Barry Wicklund. ZGS E-441.

Some Selected Recent Publications

For a complete listing of publications, check Google Scholar.

  1. "A Search for Pulsations from Geminga above 100 GeV with VERITAS", Aliu, E. et al., The Astrophysical Journal, 800, 61A, 2015.
  2. "Very-high Energy Observations of the Galactic Center Region by VERITAS in 2010-2012", Archer, A. et al., The Astrophysical Journal, 790, 149A, 2014.
  3. "Chasing the Identification of ASCA Galactic Objects (ChIcAGO): An X-Ray Survey of Unidentified Sources in the Galactic Plane. I. Source Sample and Initial Results", Anderson, G. E. et al., The Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 212, 13A, 2014.
  4. "Introducing the CTA concept", Acharya, B. S. et al., Astroparticle Physics, 43, 3A, 2013.
  5. "VERITAS deep observations of the dwarf spheroidal galaxy Segue 1", Aliu, E. et al., Physical Review D, 85f2001A, 2012.
Research Interests
  • X-ray, and gamma ray studies of compact objects
  • The evolution of galactic supernova remnants and their connection to cosmic rays
  • The nature of dark matter
  • Developement of ground based gamma-ray astronomy

Professional Experience

  • August, 2015 - Present: Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • August, 2002-Present: Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Professor
  • August, 2002-August, 2006: Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Associate Dept. Head
  • August, 1999-July, 2000: F. L. Whipple Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Visiting Scientist
  • August, 1998-August, 2002: Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Associate Professor
  • August, 1993-August, 1998: Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Assistant Professor
  • March, 1991-August, 1993: University of Wisconsin-Madison Astrophysics Group. Assistant Scientist
  • September, 1990-March, 1991: University of Wisconsin-Madison High Energy Group. Research Associate
  • January 1984-June 1985: Argonne National Laboratory High Energy Physics Division. Research assistant under the direction of Dr. A. Barry Wicklund. ZGS E-441.
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