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Robert Golub


After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, in New York City, Professor Golub received the BscEE degree from The City College in 1959. He then went to MIT where he received the MscEE degree in 1961 and the PhD (Physics) degree in 1968. During his period at MIT he was supported by an NSF fellowship and then by an industry funded fellowship. His thesis work, concerned with decelerating Ammonia molecules in order to increase the interaction time was carried out in the Atomic Beam Laboratory of Profs. J R Zacharias and JG King.

From 1967-68 he was an instructor at Brandeis University where he worked in the atomic beam laboratory of Edgar Lipworth working on problems concerning the interaction of atoms with e-m fields.

In Sept. 1968 he moved to the molecular beam lab of K F Smith at the University of Sussex, England, where he was introduced to neutron physics, in particular the search for an electric dipole moment (EDM) of the neutron. His interest in Ultra Cold Neurons (UCN) was stimulated by the desire to improve the sensitivity of edm searches and it was while he was at Sussex that he co-invented a new class of non-thermal equilibrium UCN sources (‘superthermal sources’). During this period he helped initiate the UCN program at the then new Intitut Laue Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France and designed the first UCN edm experiment to be carried out at that institute.

In 1980 he moved to the Technical University Munich (T. U. M.), in Germany and continued his work at ILL where he constructed the first superthermal UCN source based on superfluid He4 and invented a new kind of neutron scattering method to study properties of the superfluid.

During this time he co-invented a new kind of neutron scattering instrument using cold neutrons (Neutron Resonance Spin Echo). There are currently 5 or 6 instruments around the world based on this principle.

From 1985-86 he was at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich where he worked on detection of solar neutrinos and dark matter returning to the T. U. M. in 1986. In 1991 he moved to the Technical University of Berlin and the Hahn Meitner Institute (HMI) where he built a cold neutron beam for fundamental physics that was used for several experiments studying symmetry violation in the weak interaction and fission. He developed the basic ideas for the current edm search being carried out by a collaboration led by LANL, doing some basic investigations of the properties of Helium 4 as a scintillator for neutron detection and worked on an NRSE instrument that was installed at HMI.



Research Description



Complete list of publications

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society

Selected Publications

A new cryogenic apparatus to search for the neutron electric dipole moment
MW Ahmed, R Alarcon, A Aleksandrova, Stefan Baeßler, L Barron-Palos, LM Bartoszek, DH Beck, M Behzadipour, I Berkutov, J Bessuille, M Blatnik, M Broering, LJ Broussard, M Busch, R Carr, Vince Cianciolo, SM Clayton, MD Cooper, C Crawford, SA Currie, C Daurer, R Dipert, K Dow, D Dutta, Y Efremenko, CB Erickson, BW Filippone, N Fomin, H Gao, R Golub, CR Gould, G Greene, DG Haase, D Hasell, AI Hawari, ME Hayden, A Holley, RJ Holt, PR Huffman, E Ihloff, SK Imam, TM Ito, M Karcz, J Kelsey, DP Kendellen, YJ Kim, E Korobkina, W Korsch, SK Lamoreaux, E Leggett, KKH Leung, A Lipman, CY Liu, J Long, SWT MacDonald, M Makela, A Matlashov, JD Maxwell, M Mendenhall, HO Meyer, RG Milner, PE Mueller, N Nouri, CM O'Shaughnessy, C Osthelder, JC Peng, SI Penttila, NS Phan, B Plaster, JC Ramsey, TM Rao, RP Redwine, A Reid, A Saftah, GM Seidel, I Silvera, S Slutsky, E Smith, WM Snow, W Sondheim, S Sosothikul, TDS Stanislaus, X Sun, CM Swank, Z Tang, R Tavakoli Dinani, E Tsentalovich, C Vidal, W Wei, CR White, SE Williamson, L Yang, W Yao, AR Young
Journal of Instrumentation, 14(11), (2019), 11017, doi:

Non-extensive statistics in spin precession
MJ Bales, P Fierlinger, R Golub
EPL, 116 (4), (2017), 43002

Random walks with thermalizing collisions in bounded regions: Physical applications valid from the ballistic to diffusive regimes
C. M. Swank, A. K. Petukhov, R. Golub
Physical Review. A, 93, (2016), 062703

Ultracold neutron accumulation in a superfluid-helium converter with magnetic multipole reflector
O. Zimmer, R. Golub
Physical Review. C, 92, (2015), 015501

Universality of spin relaxation for spin-1/2 particles diffusing over magnetic-field inhomogeneities in the adiabatic regime
M. Guigue, G. Pignol, R. Golub, A. K. Petukhov
Physical Review. A, 90, (2014), 013407

Correlation functions for restricted Brownian motion from the ballistic through to the diffusive regimes
C. M. Swank, A. K. Petukhov, R. Golub
Physical Letters. A, 376, (2012), 2319-2324

Reexamination of relaxation of spins due to a magnetic field gradient: Identity of the Redfield and Torrey theories
R. Golub, R. M. Rohm, C. M. Swank
Physical Review. A, 83, (2011), 023402

Experimental searches for the neutron electirc dipole moment
S. K. Lamoreaux and R. Golub
Journal of Physics G, Nuc. Part. Phys, 36, (2009), 104022

Relaxation of spin polarized 3He in mixtures of 3He and 4He below the 4He lambda point
Ye, Q., Dutta, D., Gao, H., Kramer, K., Qian, X., Zong, X., Hannelius, L., McKeown, R. D., Heyburn, B., Singer, S., Golub, R., & Korobkina, E.
Physical Review. A, 77, (2008), 053408

Measurement of the 3He mass diffusion coefficient in superfluid 4He over the 0.45-0.95 K temperature range
Lamoreaux, S.K.; Archibald, G.; Barnes, P.D.; Buttler, W.T.; Clark, D.J.; Cooper, M.D.; Espy, M.; Greene, G.L.; Golub, R.; Hayden, M.E.; Lei, C.; Marek, L.J.; Peng, J.-C.; Penttila, S.
Europhysics Letters, 82, (2008), 39901

Invited Article: development of high-field superconducting Ioffe magnetic traps
Yang, L.; Brome, C.R.; Butterworth, J.S.; Dzhosyuk, S.N.; Mattoni, C.E.H.; McKinsey, D.N.; Michniak, R.A.; Doyle, J.M.; Golub, R.; Korobkina, E.; O'Shaughnessy, C.M.; Palmquist, G.R.; Seo, P.-N.; Huffman, P.R.; Coakley, K.J.; Mumm, H.P.; Thompson, A.K.; Yang, G.L.; Lamoreaux, S.K.
Review of Scientific Instruments, 79, (2008), 031301-1-11

Ultracold neutron source at the NC State University PULSTAR reactor
Korobkina, E.; Wehring, B.W.; Hawari, A.I.; Young, A.R.; Huffman, P.R.; Golub, R.; Xu, Y.; Palmquist, G.
Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A, 579, (2007), 530-3

Electric dipole moment searches: effect of linear electric field frequency shifts induced in confined gases
Barabanov, A.L.; Golub, R.; Lamoreaux, S.K.
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics), 74, (2006), 52115-1-11

Detailed discussion of a linear electric field frequency shift induced in confined gases by a magnetic field gradient: implications for neutron electric-dipole-moment experiments
Lamoreaux, S.K.; Golub, R.
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics), 71, (2005), 32104-1-10

Roton and phonon linewidths in superfluid 4He
Keller, T.; Habicht, K.; Golub, R.; Mezei, F.
Europhysics Letters, 67, (2004), 773-8

Temperature-dependent phonon lifetimes in lead investigated with neutron-resonance spin-echo spectroscopy
Habicht, K.; Golub, R.; Mezei, F.; Keimer, B.; Keller, T.
Physical Review B (Condensed Matter), 69, (2004), 10431-1-8

Neutron resonance spin echo - Triple axis spectrometry (NRSE-TAS)
Keller, T.; Keimer, B.; Habicht, K.; Golub, R.; Mezei, F.
Neutron spin echo spectroscopy. Basics, trends and applications, (2003), 74-86

Space-time view of neutron spin echo, correlation functions and phonon focusing
Habicht, K.; Golub, R.; Gahler, R.; Keller, T.
Neutron spin echo spectroscopy. Basics, trends and applications, (2003), 116-32

Production of UCN by downscattering in superfluid He4
Korobkina, E.; Golub, R.; Wehring, B.W.; Young, A.R.
Physics Letters A, 301, (2002), 462-9