Professor and Vice Chair-Undergraduate Program
Office: 317 Physics Building
Phone: +1 (530) 754-7226
Professor Mulhearn joined the UC Davis faculty in 2011. His primary research is conducted at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, Switzerland, where protons collide at the highest energy presently achievable in the lab. Mulhearn seeks evidence for new particles created in these collisions, such as the recently discovered Higgs boson and long hypothesized, but so far undiscovered, magnetic monopoles.
As an integral part of his research, Mulhearn contributes to the instrumentation needed to collect data for high-energy experiments, particularly the high-speed custom trigger electronics responsible for selecting the most interesting events for further scrutiny. He is also studying the effect of radiation on configurable electronics, which will be needed for future experiments that will push our present technology to new limits.
- Ph.D., Physics, MIT 2004.
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University. 2004-2009
- Postdoctoral Research Scientist/Fermilab Visiting Scientist, University of Virginia, 2009 - 2011.
- 1997 Abraham Pais Award for Excellence in Technical Writing
- 1998 Halliday Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
- 2010 Robert Hofstadter Diploma and New Talent Award: Ettore Majorana Foundation
- Hellman Fellowship, 2013
- 2013 European Physical Society High Energy and Particle Physics Prize, for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics, awarded to the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, “for the discovery of a Higgs boson, as predicted by the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism”.
- 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the EPS for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics, awarded to the CDF and D0 Collaborations, for the discovery of the top quark and the detailed measurement of its properties.