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Albert Young


Professor Young received his PhD in 1990 from Harvard University in experimental atomic physics. He spent 1990 to 1992 at the California Institute of Technology as a research associate in Felix Boehm’s group, and then moved to Princeton where he stayed for the next eight years, first as a research associate, then as a lecturer, and finally as an assistant professor from 1996 to 2000. He joined NC State University in 2000 as assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and professor in 2005.

Research Description

He developed several different methods for optically orienting nuclei and participated in a variety of atomic, nuclear and particle physics experiments, typically to test some aspect of the standard electroweak theory of particle physics. He helped develop a prototype solid deuterium source of ultracold neutrons at Los Alamos that became the basis for a similar project at the PULSTAR reactor on the NC State University campus. He is a member of the American Physical Society.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society

Selected Publications

Search for Neutrinoless Double- β Decay in 76 Ge with the Majorana Demonstrator
C. E. Aalseth et al. (Majorana Collaboration)
Physical Review Letters, 120, (2018), 132502, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.132502

Neutron interferometer crystallographic imperfections and gravitationally induced quantum interference measurements
Heacock, B., Arif, M., Haun, R., Huber, M. G., Pushin, D. A., & Young, A. R.
Physical Review A, 95, (2017), 013840, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.95.013840

Neutron limit on the strongly-coupled chameleon field
Li, K., Arif, M., Cory, D. G., Haun, R., Heacock, B., Huber, M. G., Nsofini, J., Pushin, D. A., Saggu, P., Sarenac, D., Shahi, C. B., Skavysh, V., Snow, W. M., & Young, A. R.
Physical Review D, 93, (2016), 062001, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.062001

Measurement of the half-life of the T=1/2 mirror decay of Ne-19 and its implication on physics beyond the standard model
Broussard, L. J., Back, H. O., Boswell, M. S., Crowell, A. S., Dendooven, P., Giri, G. S., Howell, C. R., Kidd, M. F., Jungmann, K., Kruithof, W. L., Mol, A., Onderwater, C. J. G., Pattie, R. W., Shidling, P. D., Sohani, M., & van der Hoek, D. J.
Physical Review Letters, 113, (2014), 212301, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.212301

Limits on tensor coupling from neutron beta decay
Pattie, R. W., Hickerson, K. P., & Young, A. R.
Physical Review C, 88, (2013), 048501, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.88.048501