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Peter Fisher is a professor in the Physics Department and head of the Particle and Nuclear Experimental Physics Division at MIT. He also holds appointments in the university's Laboratory for Nuclear Science and the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Fisher is primarily involved in CERN's Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment, which is designed to make high-precision measurements of cosmic rays. His primary physics interests are dark matter and high-energy interactions, and he is also interested in the development of new particle detectors. Fisher received a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and in 1988 obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. He was also on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University from 1989 to 1994. Since then, he has published numerous papers on neutrinos and the search for what cosmic rays are made of.
Professor Peter Fisher's main activities are the experimental detection of dark matter using a new kind of detector with directional sensitivity and understanding the weak interactions using tau decays detector with the BaBar detector. His other projects include neutrino physics, wireless power transfer, pedagogical work on electromagnetic radiation and development of new kinds of particle detectors.
First Dark Matter Search Results from a Surface Run of the 10-L DMTPC Directional Dark Matter Detector. S. Ahlen (Boston U.), J.B.R. Battat, T. Caldwell, C. Deaconu (MIT), D. Dujmic (MIT, LNS & MIT), W. Fedus (MIT), P. Fisher (MIT, LNS & MIT, MKI & MIT), F. Golub (Brandeis U.), S. Henderson (MIT), A. Inglis (Boston U.) et al.. Jun 2010. 5 pp. Published in Phys.Lett. B695 (2011) 124-129 e-Print: arXiv:1006.2928 [hep-ex] Neutrino oscillation experiments at the Gösgen nuclear power reactor. By Caltech-SIN-TUM Collaboration (G. Zacek et al.). 1986. Published in Phys.Rev.D 34:2621-2636,1986. Final report on the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of Ge-76 from the Gotthard underground experiment. By D. Reusser, M. Treichel, F. Boehm, P. Fisher, K. Gabathuler, H.E. Henrikson, V. Jorgens, L.W. Mitchell, C. Nussbaum, J.L. Vuilleumier (Neuchatel U. & Caltech & PSI, Villigen). Oct 1991. 4pp. Published in Phys.Rev.D 45:2548-2551,1992. Search for neutrinoless double beta decay in Xe-136 with a time projection chamber. By J.C. Vuilleumier, J. Busto, J. Farine, V. Joergens, L.W. Mitchell, M. Treichel, J.L. Vuilleumier (Neuchatel U.), H.T. Wong, F. Boehm, P. Fisher, H.E. Henrikson, D.A. Imel, M.Z. Iqbal, B.M. O'Callaghan-Hay, J. Thomas (Caltech), K. Gabathuler (PSI, Villigen). 1993. Published in Phys.Rev.D 48:1009-1020,1993. A measurement of tau polarization in Z0 decays. By L3 Collaboration (O. Adriani et al.). CERN-PPE-92-132, Aug 1992. 21pp. Published in Phys.Lett.B 294: 466-478,1992. Neutrino mass and oscillation. By Peter Fisher (MIT), Boris Kayser (NSF, Wash., D.C.), Kevin S. McFarland (Rochester U.). LNS-99-288, NSF-PT-99-1, UR-1569, MIT-LNS-99-288, Jun 1999. 43pp. Published in Ann.Rev.Nucl.Part.Sci. 49:481,1999. e-Print Archive: hep-ph/9906244. Measurements of mass, width and gauge couplings of the W boson at LEP. By L3 Collaboration (M. Acciarri et al.). CERN-PPE-97-098, CERN-PPE-97-98, Jul 1997. 21pp. Published in Phys.Lett.B 413:176-190,1997. Search for anti-helium in cosmic rays. By AMS Collaboration (J. Alcaraz et al.). Feb 2000. 18pp. Published in Phys.Lett.B 461:387-396,1999. e-Print Archive: hep-ex/0002048. Wireless Power Transfer via Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonances. Andre Kurs, et al. Science 83 (2007); 317.