Duncan Carlsmith



(608) 262-2485

4285 Chamberlin Hall



Websites: High Energy Physics, LUX-Zeplin (LZ) WIMP dark matter search, Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN, Collider Detector Facility (CDF) at Fermilab, Garage Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers, Partnership for Integration of Computation in Undergraduate Physics, ALPHA Advanced Laboratories, Teaching Computation with MATLAB, MATLAB File Exchange

Research Interests: My research in experimental elementary particle physics has spanned proton-proton collisions at the Compact Muon Solenoid at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, a search for WIMP dark matter with the LZ two-phase liquid xenon detector at SURF, and proton-antiproton collisions at the Collider Detector Facility and Tevatron at Fermilab. I am presently focused on innovation in teaching and learning, introducing computation into the curriculum, and a variety of interdisciplinary projects.

I started college enamored of literature, archaeology, and philosophy. Thanks to science breadth requirements, I wound up excited about and majoring in both physics and math, inspired by my introductory physics professor and, in fact, Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. I am a big fan of the College of Letters and Science’s liberal education, but also of engineering, innovation generally, and entrepreneurship in the broadest sense. I feel it is hugely important for undergraduates to have direct research experience, at their home institution or elsewhere, and to take charge of their education and future early. Garage Physics is a place for L&S and other students to explore beyond the curriculum, and have fun. Computation is how science is done. Open access to science data is upon us. Let’s get started using it and thereby owning the universe in its infinite variety in your first year at UW-Madison! And BTW, UW’s amazing library system provides few-click-access to anything known. Get reading!