Grant V. O'Rielly

Grant O'Rielly, PhD

Associate Professor

Physics

508-999-8483

508-999-9115

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Science & Engineering 306A


Education

1997University of Melbourne, AustraliaPhD in Nuclear Physics
1987University of Melbourne, AustraliaBSc (Hons) in Physics

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Introduction to measurement and analysis techniques in experimental physics. Skills developed include laboratory note taking and reporting, equipment calibration, error estimation and the use of apparatus such as multimeters and oscilloscopes. The lectures introduce the theory of error analysis and propagation, data interpretation and presentation, and scientific ethics.

Introduction to measurement and analysis techniques in experimental physics. Skills developed include laboratory note taking and reporting, equipment calibration, error estimation and the use of apparatus such as multimeters and oscilloscopes. The lectures introduce the theory of error analysis and propagation, data interpretation and presentation, and scientific ethics.

Laboratory course to acquaint students with current experimental techniques in physics and methods of data analysis.

Laboratory course to acquaint students with current experimental techniques in physics and methods of data analysis.

Basic concepts of condensed matter physics, crystal structure, crystal diffraction, lattice vibrations, theory of metals, semiconductors and insulators, magnetic properties of solids.

Basic concepts of condensed matter physics, crystal structure, crystal diffraction, lattice vibrations, theory of metals, semiconductors and insulators, magnetic properties of solids.

Discussion of topics in nuclear physics, including nuclear forces, nuclear models, nuclear reactions, and nuclear energy.

Basic concepts of solid state physics, including crystal structures, lattice vibrations and ionic crystals. Also examined are dielectric and optical properties of insulators, ferroelectrics, free electron theory of metals, energy bands, and semiconductors. (Formerly offered as PHY 541.)

Basic concepts of solid state physics, including crystal structures, lattice vibrations and ionic crystals. Also examined are dielectric and optical properties of insulators, ferroelectrics, free electron theory of metals, energy bands, and semiconductors. (Formerly offered as PHY 541.)

Research

Research Interests

  • Few-body nuclear physics
  • Nuclear detectors
  • Photonuclear Physics
  • Pion physics

Dr. O'Rielly's research interests are in the area of Intermediate Energy Photonuclear Physics, with special emphasis on few-body nuclear physics and pion photoproduction. He currently is spokesperson on an approved (A-rated) proposal to measure pion photoproduction very close to threshold at the MAX-lab facility in Sweden. He is also co-spokesperson on an approved proposal Pion Production from a Polarized Target to be performed at Jefferson Laboratory in Virginia.

He is awaiting results from the NSF CAREER program, on a proposal submitted in July, 2003 entitled "Investigation of near-threshold pion photoproduction and incorporation of computer simulation into the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth." This 5-year program of research and teaching activities will support the experimental measurements described above together with the introduction of computational simulation and visualization methods into the undergraduate physics laboratory courses.

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