Thomas Devlin

Visiting Scholar
DRL 1E3
  • 2005- Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
  • Retired 2007, Rutgers, Physics & Astronomy
  • 1995-2007 Board of Governors Professor of Physics, Rutgers, Physics & Astronomy
  • 1988-1990 Visiting Scientist at Fermilab
  • 1980-1981 Visiting Scientist at Fermilab
  • 1979-1995 Professor of Physics, Rutgers, Physics & Astronomy
  • 1970-1971 Guest Scientist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research
  • 1967-1979 Associate Professor of Physics, Rutgers, Physics & Astronomy
  • 1965-1967 Assistant Professor, Princeton University
  • 1962-1965 Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University
  • 1961-1962 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California at Berkeley
Education: 

M.S., Ph.D, University of California at Berkeley (1961)

B.A. LaSalle College, Philadelphia (1957)

Research Interests: 

My research interests are experimental high energy physics - the study of the fundamental particles in nature and in astrophysics.

I worked experiments at the Berkeley Bevatron and 184-inch cyclotron, at the Princeton-Pennsylvania Accelerator, the Alternating-Gradient Synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory and at CERN. From 1974 to 1985 at Fermilab, he and his collaborators performed a series of experiments on the polarization and magnetic moments of hyperons. Then for research is centered on proton-antiproton annihilations at 1.8-Trillion Electron-Volts with CDF, the Collider Detector at Fermilab.

I changed from Astrophysics in 2005. He worked on the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the world's largest fully steerable single aperture antenna. I am working at data analysis for polarization on about 40 galaxies.

PRIZES

W.K.H. Panofsky Prize of  The American Physical Society, 1994

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1991

Fellow, American Physical Society

Selected Publications: 

1.         Green Bank: Polarization 8.65 GHz, 9.65 GHz,43.0 GHz and 41.0 GHz DataAnalysis by Thomas Devlin, Brian Mason and Joseph Wolf, Penn-Rutgers: GBT05C 026:05, 2016.

2.         Measurement of the Bc+ Meson Lifetime Using the Decay Mode Bc+ → J/ψe+ν by A.Abulencia et al. [CDF Collaboration], Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 012002-7p (2006)

3.         Evidence for the Exclusive Decay Bc±→ J/ψπ± and Measurement of the Mass of the Bc Meson by D. Acosta et al. [CDF Collaboration], Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 082002-7p (2006)

4.         Plugging the Leaky Pipeline: A Practical Approach to Promoting Success of AtRisk Students in a Large-Lecture Physics Course for Engineering Majors by Suzanne White-Brahmia, David T. Brookes, Thomas J. Devlin, George K. Horton, Andres Jordan and Gordon ThomsonSubmitted to Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, August, 2005

5.         Combination of CDF and D0 results on the W boson mass and width by V.M. Abazov et al. [CDF Collaboration and D0 Collaboration], Phys. Rev. D 70, 092008-17p (2004)

6.         Events with a Rapidity Gap between Jets in pp Collisions at √s = 1.8 TeV by F. Abe et al. (CDF Collaboration) Phys.Rev.Lett.81:5278-5283,1998

7.         Observation of the Bc Meson in pp Collisions at √s= 1.8 TeV by The CDF Collaboration, (F. Abe et al.). Phys.Rev.Lett.81:2432-2437,1998

8.         Measurement of the Top Quark Mass by The CDF Collaboration (1995), Physical Review Letters 80, 2767-2772 (1998).

9.         Inclusive Jet Cross Section in pp Collisions at √s= 1.8 TeV by The CDF Collaboration (1993), Physical Review Letters 77, 438-443 (1996).

10.       New Measurement of the Amplitude of the CP Conserving Decay  by Y. Zou, A. Beretvas, A. Caracappa, T. Devlin, H. T. Diehl, K. Krueger, S. S. Myung, S. Teige, G. B. Thomson, N. Grossman, K. Heller, K. Thorne, P. Border, M. J. Longo, Physics Letters B369, 362-366 (1996).

11.       Observation of Rapidity Gaps in pp Collisions at √s= 1.8 TeV by The CDF Collaboration (1993), Physical Review Letters 74, 855-859 (1995).

12.       Measurement of the Amplitude of the CP Conserving Decay Ks0 → π+π−π0 by G. B. Thomson, Y. Zou, A. Beretvas, A. Caracappa, T. Devlin, H. T. Diehl, K. Krueger, S. S. Myung, S. Teige, N. Grossman, K. Heller, K. Thorne, P. Border, M. J. Longo, Physics Letters B337, 411-415 (1994).

13.       Inclusive J/ψ, ψ’ and b-Quark Production in pp Collisions at √s= 1.8 TeV by The CDF Collaboration (1989), Physical Review Letters 69, 3704-3708 (1992).

14.       Search for Gluinos and Squarks from pp Collisions at √s= 1.8 TeV by The CDFCollaboration (1989), Physical Review Letters 69, 3439-3443 (1992).

15.       The Dijet Angular Distribution in pp Collisions at √s= 1.8 TeV by The CDFCollaboration (1989), Physical Review Letters 69, 2896-2899 (1992).

16.       The Upgraded Level 3 Trigger for the CDF Experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider by U. Joshi, E. Buckley, T. Devlin, C. Hawk, J. Mueller, R. Stone, T. Watts, K. Sliwa, Nuclear Physics B 23A 365-373 (1991).

17.       Measurement of QCD Jet Broadening in pp Collisions at √s= 1.8 TeV by TheCDF Collaboration (1987), Physical Review D44 601-616 (1991).

18.       The CDF Level 3 Trigger by J. T. Carroll, U. Joshi, P. Auchincloss, A. Beretvas, T. Devlin, B. Flaugher, P. Hu, E. Kuns, T. Watts, K. Ragan, Y. Morita, K. Sliwa, Nuclear Instruments and Methods A300, 552-567 (1991).

19.       Measurements of Properties of the Ω− Hyperon by K. B. Luk, A. Beretvas, L. Deck, T. Devlin, R. Rameika, R. Whitman, K. Heller, P. T. Cox, C. Dukes, J. Dworkin, O. E. Overseth, L. Pondrom, B. Lundberg, R. Handler, M. Sheaff, C. Wilkinson, Physical Review D38, 19-22 (1988).

20.       Integration of the ACP Multiprocessor Farm with the CDF Fastbus Data Acquisition System by B. Flaugher, P. Auchincloss, A. Beretvas, T. Devlin, P. Hu, U. Joshi, T. Watts, J.T. Carroll, M. Larwill, S. Miyashita, Y. Morita, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, NS-34, 865-869 (1987).

21.       FASTBUS Data Acquisition for CDF by E. Barsotti, A. W. Booth, M. Bowden, J. T. Carroll, C. Day, J.E. Elias, I. Gaines, L. Giebel, G. Goeransson, H. Gonzalez, B. Graves, M. Haldeman, D. Hanssen, C. G. Horvath, M. Larwill, J. Marsh, J. Patrick, D. Quarrie, C. Rotolo, C. Swoboda, K. Treptow, J. Urish, C. van Ingen, R. Vidal, S. Zimmerman, M. Campbell, Y.D. Tsai, B. Hubbard, F. Kirsten, J. Siegrist, M. Del’Orso, P. Giannetti, L. Ristori, T. Devlin, B. Flaugher, U. Joshi, M. Werner, Nuclear Instruments and Methods, A269, 82-92 (1988).

22.       Phototube Testing for CDF by T. Devlin, J. Cruz, U. Joshi, K. Kazlauskis, C. Muehleisen, D. Weiss and T.-S. Yang, J. Elias, H. Jensen, L. Nodulman, Nucl. Inst. and Meth. A268, 24-32 (1988).

23.       Electronics, Triggering and Data Acquisition for the SSC by T. J. Devlin, A. Lankford and H. H. Williams, Proceedings of the 1986 Summer Study on the Physics of the Superconducting Super Collider, R. Donaldson and J. Marx, ed., pp. 439-454, Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society, 1987.

24.       On Primakoff Production of Σ0 Hyperons by T. Devlin, P. C. Petersen and A. Beretvas, Physical Review D34, 1626-1628 (1986).

25.       A Measurement of the Σ0-Λ Transition Magnetic Moment by P. C. Petersen, A. Beretvas, T. Devlin, K. B. Luk, G. Thomson, R. Whitman, R. Handler, B. Lundberg, L. Pondrom, M. Sheaff, C. Wilkinson, P. Border, J. Dworkin, O. E. Overseth, R. Rameika, G. Valenti, K. Heller and C. James, Physical Review Letters 57, 949-952 (1986).

26.       The Magnetic Moment of the Ξ− Hyperon by R. Rameika, A. Beretvas, L. Deck, T. Devlin, K. B. Luk, R. Whitman, K. Heller, P. T. Cox, C. Dukes, J. Dworkin, O. E. Overseth, L. Pondrom, B. Lundberg, R. Handler, M. Sheaff, C. Wilkinson, Physical Review Letters 52, 581-584 (1984).

27.       The Polarization and Magnetic Moment of the Σ− Hyperon by L. Deck, A. Beretvas, T. Devlin, K. B. Luk, R. Rameika, R. Whitman, R. Handler, B.Lundberg, L. Pondrom, M. Sheaff, C. Wilkinson, P. T. Cox, C. Dukes, J. Dworkin, O. E. Overseth and K. Heller, Physical Review D28, 1-20 (l983).

28.       Weak Hadronic Decays: K → 2π and K → 3π by Thomas J. Devlin, and Jean O. Dickey, Reviews of Modern Physics 51, 237-250 (1979).

29.       Precise Measurement of the Λ Magnetic Moment by L. Schachinger, G. Bunce, P. T. Cox, T. Devlin, J. Dworkin, B. Edelman, R. T. Edwards, R. Handler, K. Heller, R. March, P. Martin, O. E. Overseth, L. Pondrom, M. Sheaff and P. Skubic, Physical Review Letters 41, 1348-1351 (1978).

30.       Hyperon Polarization in Λ-P Elastic Scattering in the Range 60 GeV/c ≤ p ≤ 380 GeV/c by B. Edelman, G. Bunce, T. Devlin, R. T. Edwards, R. Handler, K. Heller, R. March, P. Martin, O. E. Overseth, L. Pondrom, L. Schachinger, M. Sheaff, P. Skubic and S. P. Yamin, Physical Review Letters 40, 491-494 (1978).

31.       Inclusive Production of Neutral Strange Particles at 300 GeV: Triple Regge Behavior by T. Devlin, B. Edelman, R. T. Edwards, J. Norem, L. Schachinger, P. Yamin, B. Bunce, R. Handler, R. March, P. Martin, L. Pondrom, M. Sheaff, K. Heller, O. E. Overseth and P. Skubic, Nuclear Physics B123, 1-10 (1977).

32.       Neutron-Proton Forward Elastic Scattering from 58 to 391 MeV by A. J. Bersbach, R. E. Mischke and T. J. Devlin, Physical Review D13, 535-553 (1976).

33.       Measurement of KL0 − P and KL0 − D Total Cross Sections by W. E. Cleland, B. Goz, D. Freytag, T. J. Devlin, R. J. Esterling and K. G. Vosburgh, Physical Review D12, 1247-1259 (1975).

34.       Neutron-Proton Charge Exchange Scattering between 600 and 2000 MeV/c by P. F. Shepard, T. J. Devlin, R. E. Mischke and J. Solomon, Physical Review D10, 27352762 (1974).

35.       Measurement of N-P and N-D Total Cross Sections from 0.7 to 3.6 GeV/c by T. J. Devlin, W. Johnson, J. Norem, K. Vosburgh, R. E. Mischke and W. Schimmerling, Physical Review D8, 136-155 (1973).

36.       The Σ−-P and Σ−-D Total Cross Sections at 19 GeV by J. Badier, R. Bland, A. Romana, R. Vanderhagen, J.-C. Chollet, D. Decamp, J.-M. Gaillard, J. Lefrancois, B. Merkel, J.-P. Repellin, T. Devlin, R. Meunier and G. Sauvage, Physics Letters 41B, 387-392 (1972).

37.       Neutron-Nucleus Total Cross Sections from 900 to 2600 MeV/c by W. Schimmerling, T. J. Devlin, W. Johnson, K. G. Vosburgh and R. E. Mischke, Physics Letters 37B, 177-180 (1971).

38.       Intermediate η Meson in KL → 3π and KL → 2γ by Thomas J. Devlin, Physical Review D5, 1674-1675 (1972).

39.       Negative Hyperon Production at High Energy by J. Badier, R. Bland, J. C. Chollet, T. Devlin, J.-M. Gaillard, J. Lefrancois, B. Merkel, R. Meunier, J.-P. Repellin, G. Sauvage and R. Vanderhagen, Physics Letters 39B, 414-418 (1972).

40.       Measurement of the KL0 Mean Life by Kirby G. Vosburgh, Thomas J. Devlin, Robert J. Esterling, Barton Goz, Douglas A. Bryman and W. E. Cleland, Physical Review Letters 26, 866-867 (1971).

41.       Kπ3 Branching Ratios: Mass Difference Corrections and Ambiguities in Interpretation by T. J. Devlin, Physical Review Letters 20, 683-686 (1968).

42.       Limits on ∆T = 3/2, 5/2 Amplitudes and CP Noninvariance in Kπ3 Decay by T. J. Devlin and S. Barshay, Physical Review Letters 19, 881-884 (1967).

43.       Double Charge Exchange of Positive Pions on Complex Nuclei by P. E. Boynton, T. J. Devlin, J. Solomon and V. Perez-Mendez, Physical Review 174, 1083-1092 (1968).

44.       Measurement of the KL0 Mean Life by T. J. Devlin, J. Solomon, P. F. Shepard, E. F. Beall and G. A. Sayer, Physical Review Letters 18, 54-57 (1967).

45.       Design and Performance of Wire Spark Chambers and Magnetostrictive Delay Line Readout System by V. Perez-Mendez, T. J. Devlin, T. F. Droege and J. Solomon, Nuclear Instruments and Methods 46, 197-207 (1967).

46.       Pion-Proton Total Cross Sections: 400 to 2000 MeV by T. J. Devlin, J. Solomon and G. Bertsch, Physical Review Letters 4, 1031-1035 (1965).

47.       Pion-Proton Total Cross Sections in the Range 450 to 1650 MeV by T. J. Devlin, B. C. Barish, W. N. Hess, V. Perez-Mendez and J. Solomon, Physical Review Letters 4, 242-244 (1960).

 

 

Courses Taught: 

I taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for students studying technical subjects such as physics, engineering, pre-med and biology. I also taught Astronomy and Cosmology to non-science students. I taught Physics 418, Nuclear and Particle Physics. My last course lab was in Radio Astronomy (2004-2007) using the radio telescope on the roof of at Rutgers Serin Laboratory. Sixteen graduate students have earned their doctorates under my supervision. 

Other Affiliations: 

Book Review:

Mary Lauko and Thomas Devlin, Book Review of “The Charm of Strange Quarks”

by R. Michael Barnett, Henry Muhry and Helen R. Quinn Physics Today 54, # 8, 50 (2001).

 

Newspapers:

Thomas J. Devlin, “They Teach and Do: Lessons from the Top Quark” Op-Ed Page of the New York Times, June 13, 1995.

Thomas Devlin, “Where Do Good Schools Begin?”, Letters of the New York Times, March 21, 2005.

 

Prizes:

The 2017 DPF Mentoring Award

http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~devlin/AAA_DPF_Mentoning/index.html