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Eric B. Norman

Professor in the Graduate School
4109 Etcheverry Hall

A. B., Cornell University, Ithaca, 1972
S. M., University of Chicago, Chicago, 1974
Ph. D., University of Chicago, Chicago, 1978

Teaching and Research: 

Professor Norman has performed research in homeland security, neutrino physics, and nuclear astrophysics. He is the co-discoverer of 4 isotopes.

Current Research Focus: 

Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) – a large-scale bolometric detector designed to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te.

Measurements of neutron and charged-particle induced reaction cross sections for homeland security, nuclear astrophysics, and neutrino physics.

Gamma-ray measurements for nuclear forensic applications

Honors and Awards: 
Co-recipient of the Breakthrough Award in Physics as a member of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory 2016
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science 2012
Outstanding Mentor Award U. S. Department of Energy 2002
Fellow American Physical Society 1999
Distinguished Lecturer Associated Western Universities/U. S. Department of Energy 1990 - 1991
Professional Activities: 

Referee for Physical Review (Letters, C, D), Nuclear Physics, Nature, Astrophysical Journal, Physics Letters
Reviewer of research proposals for U.S. DOE and NSF and for NSERC of Canada
Life Member, American Physical Society
Affiliate Member, Division of Nuclear Chemistry American Chemical Society
Member of California State Science Curriculum Framework and Criteria Committee, 1998 - 2000
Co-developer of Nuclear Science Wallchart and Member of Contemporary Physics Education Project, 1995 - present


Selected Publications: 

“Measurement of the 169Tm(n,3n)167Tm cross section and the associated branching ratios in the decay of 167Tm”, Phys.  Rev. C 93, 014611 (2016), B. Champine, M. E. Gooden, Krishichayan, E. B. Norman, N. D. Scielzo, M. A. Stoyer, K. J. Thomas, A. P. Tonchev, W. Tornow, and B. S. Wang

“Seaborg’s Plutonium ? A Case Study in Nuclear Forensics”, E. B. Norman, K. J. Thomas, K. E. Telhami, American Journal of Physics, Vol. 83 (Oct. 2015) p. 843

19F(a,n) thick target yield from 3.5 to 10.0 MeV, E. B. Norman, T. E. Chupp, K. T. Lesko, P. J. Grant, G. L. Woodruff, Appl. Rad. & Isotopes 103,177 (2015).

A Novel Approach to β-delayed Neutron Spectroscopy Using the Beta-Decay Paul Trap, N. D. Scielzo, R. M. Yee,., A. Czeszumska,.., E. B. Norman, et al., Nuclear Data Sheets 120, 70 (2014).

First Measurement of the Ionization Yield of Nuclear Recoils in Liquid Argon. T. H. Joshi,, S. Sangiorgio, A. Bernstein, M. Foxe, C. Hagmann, I. Jovanovic, K. Kazkaz, V. Mozin, E. B. Norman, S. V. Pereverzev, F. Rebassoo,  P. Sorensen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 171303 (2014).

Measurements of Fission Products from the Fukushima Daiichi Incident in San Francisco Bay Area Air Filters, Automobile Filters, Rainwater, and Food,  A. R. Smith, K. J. Thomas, E. B. Norman, D. L. Hurley, B. T. Lo, Y. D. Chan, P. V. Guillaumon, and B. G. Harvey, Journal of Environmental Protection 5, 207 (2014) and

Initial performance of the CUORE-0 experiment, D. R. Artusa, , E. B. Norman, , B. S. Wang, et al., European  Physics  Journal C 74, 2956 (2014).

b-Delayed Neutron Spectroscopy Using Trapped Radioactive Ions, R. M. Yee, N. D. Scielzo, …, E. B. Norman, et al., Phys. Rev Lett. 110, 092501 (2013).

Determining the 239Np(n, f ) cross section using the surrogate ratio method, A. Czeszumska, C. T. Angell, J. T. Burke, N. D. Scielzo, E. B. Norman, et al.,  Phys. Rev C 87, 034613 (2013).

Distinguishing fissions of 232Th, 237Np and 238U with beta-delayed gamma rays, A. Iyengar, E.B. Norman, C. Howard , C. Angell,  A. Kaplan, J.J. Ressler , P. Chodash , E. Swanberg , A. Czeszumska , B. Wang,  R. Yee , H.A. Shugart, Nucl. Instrum. & Meth. B 304, 11 (2013).

Installation of a muon veto for low background gamma spectroscopy at the LBNL low-background facility, K.J. Thomas, E.B.Norman, A.R.Smith, Y.D.Chan, Nucl. Instrum. & Meth. A 724, 47 (2013).

CUORE crystal validation runs: Results on radioactive contamination and extrapolation to CUORE background, F. Alessandria, …, E. B. Norman, et al., Astropart. Phys. 35, 839 (2012).

Additional Info: 

Date of Initial Appointment