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About Me

The UPenn shield, where I'm now a postdoc.

I received my Ph.D. in Physics at UC Berkeley in 2019 after receiving a B.S. in Physics from Georgia Tech in 2013. Going from undergrad to graduate school, I entirely switched research interests from atomic molecular and optical physics (particularly Bose-Einstein condensates) to weakly interacting physics and worked with a group studying neutrinos. Ultimately my thesis ended up being about using solar neutrinos to understand fundamental properties of neutrinos, and developing new neutrino detection techniques. You can find a copy here. During graduate school, my particular involvement was with the SNO, SNO+, and Theia projects.

The UC Berkeley seal. My graduate university.

Currently, I work as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania where I continue to research neutrinos in the high energy physics group. I've remained involved in the SNO+ and Theia projects, and am getting involved in the DUNE experiment, where I'll be focusing on developing the trigger system / supporting hardware for the detector and exploring solar neutrino interactions in liquid argon.

Otherwise, I am 28 years old and hail from Macon, GA. I am a long time programmer and have contributed to many a project and learned many a language since I became interested in using computers to automate mundane human tasks (read: cheating on MMORPGs) back in the early aughts. Check out my GitHub for more about the projects I deemed most interesting. Besides physics and programming, I enjoy the outdoors (that is, photographing them), Minecraft (with mods... lots of mods), and astronomy.

I finally got around to buying an actual domain and benland.us now points to my server. When I discovered the top level domain .land existed, I couldn't resist, and ben.land is setup identically.

The Georgia Tech seal. My undergrad university.

Contact Info

Email is best, please and thank you. I'm benland100 almost wherever I am, and you can find me at these places:

  • GMail (primary/personal) gmail.com
  • This server (secondary/personal) ben.land or benland.us
  • UC Berkeley (academic) berkeley.edu
  • Georgia Tech (academic) gatech.edu
  • University of Pennsylvania (academic where I am bland100) sas.upenn.edu
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (where I am bjland) lbl.gov
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (also bjland) fnal.gov
  • SNOLAB (bland this time) snolab.ca

Otherwise I'm often on IRC:

  • rizon.net
  • freenode.net

Resume Stuff

Honors\Awards

  • NSSC Fellowship, UC Berkeley (January 2017 - December 2018)
  • M.A. Physics, UC Berkeley (Fall 2015)
  • B.S. Physics with Highest Honors, Georgia Tech (Spring 2013)
  • Pierotti Award, Georgia Tech College of Science (Spring 2013)
  • H. Fukuyo Outstanding Physics Undergraduate, Georgia Tech School of Physics (Spring 2013)
  • DAMOP Undergraduate Special Session, Invited Speaker (2012)
  • President's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA), Georgia Tech (Fall 2012)
  • Faculty Honors, Georgia Institute of Technology (all semesters)
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, United States of America (all semesters)
  • Georgia HOPE Scholarship, State of Georgia (all semesters)
  • Valedictorian, Mount de Sales Academy, Macon, GA (2009)

Publications

  • C.S. Gerving, T.M. Hoang, B.J. Land, M. Anquez, C.D. Hamley, M.S. Chapman. "Non-equilibrium dynamics of an unstable quantum pendulum explored in a spin-1 Bose condensate" Nat. Commun. 8, 1169 (2012). doi:10.1038/ncomms2179
  • T.M. Hoang, C.S. Gerving, B.J. Land, M. Anquez, C.D. Hamley, M.S. Chapman. "Dynamic stabilization of a quantum many-body spin system" Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 090403 (2013). 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.090403
  • Watchman Collaboration. "The Physics and Nuclear Nonproliferation Goals of WATCHMAN: A WAter CHerenkov Monitor for ANtineutrinos". arXiv:1502.01132
  • SNO+ Collaboration. “Current Status and Future Prospects of the SNO+ Experiment,” Advances in High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, Article ID 6194250, 21 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/6194250
  • T.M. Hoang, M. Anquez, B.A. Robbins, X.Y. Yang, B.J. Land, C.D. Hamley, M.S. Chapman. "Parametric excitation and squeezing in a many-body spinor condensate" Nat. Commun. 7, 11233 (2016). doi:10.1038/ncomms11233
  • J. Caravaca, F.B. Descamps, B.J. Land, J. Wallig, M. Yeh, G.D. Orebi Gann. "An Experiment to Demonstrate Cherenkov / Scintillation Signal Separation" Phys. Rev. C 95, 055801 (2017). 10.1103/PhysRevC.95.055801
  • J. Caravaca, F.B. Descamps, B.J. Land, M. Yeh, G.D. Orebi Gann. "Cherenkov and Scintillation Light Separation in Organic Liquid Scintillators" Eur. Phys. J. C (2017) 77: 811.
  • SNO Collaboration. "Tests of Lorentz invariance at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory" Phys. Rev. D 98, 112013 (2018). doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.98.112013
  • SNO Collaboration. "Constraints on Neutrino Lifetime from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory" Phys. Rev. D 99, 032013 (2019). arXiv:1812.01088
  • SNO+ Collaboration. "Measurement of the 8B Solar Neutrino Flux in SNO+ with Very Low Backgrounds" Phys. Rev. D 99, 012012 (2019). arXiv:1812.03355
  • SNO+ Collaboration. "Search for invisible modes of nucleon decay in water with the SNO+ detector" Phys. Rev. D 99, 032008 (2019). arXiv:1812.05552
  • SNO Collaboration. "Measurement of neutron production in atmospheric neutrino interactions at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory" Phys. Rev. D 99, 112007 (2019). arXiv:1904.01148

Conferences

  • B.J. Land, C.D. Hamley, C.S. Gerving, T.M. Hoang, M.L.B. Anquez, M.S. Chapman. "Modeling Quantum Spin Dynamics in an Ultracold Gas" 43rd DAMOP, Orange County, CA. June 7, 2012. Invited Speaker.
  • C.D. Hamley, C.S. Gerving, T.M. Hoang, B.J. Land, M.L.B. Anquez, M.S. Chapman. "Two-Mode Vacuum Squeezing of Spin-Nematic Variables in a Spin-1 Condensate" 43rd DAMOP, Orange County, CA. June 7, 2012. Poster by C.D. Hamley.
  • C.S. Gerving, T.M. Hoang, B.J. Land, M.L.B. Anquez, C.D. Hamley, M.S. Chapman. "Quantum Spin Dynamics in Spin-1 BEC" 43rd DAMOP, Orange County, CA. June 5, 2012. Talk by C.S. Gerving.
  • T.M. Hoang, C.S. Gerving, B.J. Land, M. Anquez, C.D. Hamley, M.S. Chapman. " Investigations of quantum pendulum dynamics in a spin-1 BEC" 44th DAMOP, Quebec City, Canada. June 4, 2013. Poster by M. Anquez.
  • C.D. Hamley, T.M. Hoang, C.S. Gerving, B.J. Land, M. Anquez, M.S. Chapman. "Investigations of a Quantum Many-Body Spin System" Atomic Physics Gordon Research Conference, Newport, RI. June 27, 2013. Poster by C.D. Hamley.
  • T.M. Hoang, C.S. Gerving, B.J. Land, M.L.B. Anquez, C.D. Hamley, M.S. Chapman. "Investigations of quantum pendulum dynamics in a spin-1 BEC" 2013 Joint Meeting of APS/CAP DAMOP, Quebec City, Canada. June 4, 2013. Poster by T.M. Hoang.
  • T.M. Hoang, C.S. Gerving, B.J. Land, M.L.B. Anquez, C.D. Hamley, M.S. Chapman. "Dynamical control of a quantum Kapitza pendulum in a spin-1 BEC" 2013 Joint Meething of APS/CAP DAMOP, Quebec City, Canada. June 6, 2013. Talk by T.M. Hoang.
  • B.J. Land, J. Caravaca, F.B. Descamps, G.D. Orebi Gann. "Characterizing Scitillation and Cherenkov Light Yield in Water-Based Liquid Scintillators" APS April Meeting 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah. April 17, 2016. Talk by B.J. Land.
  • J. Caravaca, B.J. Land. "Cherenkov and scintillation light separation on the Theia R&D experiment" APS April Meeting 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah. April 18, 2016. Talk by J Caravaca.
  • B.J. Land, J. Caravaca, F.B. Descamps, G.D. Orebi Gann. "Characterizing Scintillation and Cherenkov Light in Water-Based Liquid Scintillators" APS DNP Meeting 2016, Vancouver, Canada. October 16, 2016. Talk by B.J. Land.
  • J. Caravaca, B.J. Land, F.B. Descamps, G.D. Orebi Gann. "Cherenkov and scintillation light separation on the CheSS experiment" APS DNP Meeting 2016, Vancouver, Canada. October 16, 2016. Talk by J. Caravaca.
  • B.J. Land for the SNO Collaboration. "Constraints on Neutrino Lifetime from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory" APS DNP Meeting 2018, Waikoloa, Hawaii. October 27, 2018. Talk by B.J. Land.

Important Links

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1775-6969

PGP public key: https://ben.land/benland100.pub

Facebook: https://facebook.com/benland100

SMART Usage Tracker: https://ben.land/smart.php

For a collection of code I've written, check out my GitHub: https://github.com/BenLand100/

Simulation Applets

I went through a phase of making nice demos for the things I did in my free time. Here are some of them to play with. Unfortunately they are Java applets that browsers no longer support, but all the source is on my GitHub.

Miscellaneous Pages

I figured I'd leave the few pages I actually wrote on here as a token gesture. The Ballista page is pretty cool, as is the SMART page which documents one of my most widely used projects. See the links section for my usage tracker for it.

Cool Things

Random Projects

Interests