Jim Musser

Associate Executive Dean

Professor of Physics

Office of the Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Physics

  • jmusser@indiana.edu
  • 812-855-2149
  • 812-855-2060
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  • Owen Hall 203
    College of Arts and Sciences
    790 E. Kirkwood Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405-7101

Education

  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
  • B.S. in Physics, University of Arizona, 1979

Biography

Jim served as chair of the IU Bloomington Department of Physics from 2000 to 2007 and as director of the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility from 2007 to 2010.

His research includes work in both experimental neutrino physics and particle astrophysics. The experimental neutrino physics program currently involves studies carried out using the NOvA long-baseline neutrino oscillation detector at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

These measurements are designed to address many of the central questions in neutrino physics, including determining whether neutrinos violate CP symmetry. This question touches on one of the fundamentally mysterious properties of the universe—namely, the preponderance of matter over antimatter.

Jim’s particle astrophysics program involves measurements of the abundance of cosmic ray radioactive isotopes, which can be used to establish the characteristic timescale for the confinement of cosmic rays in the galaxy.