Physics Department

Damon T. Spayde, Ph.D.

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Damon T. Spayde, Ph.D.

Julia Mobley Odyssey Professor of Physics

Chair, Department of Physics Office: Charles D. Morgan Center - Acxiom Hall 105 Nuclear Physics Lab: Acxiom Hall 121 (501) 450-1251 (501) 450-3829

Academic Background

  • B.A., Grinnell College, 1995
  • M.A., University of Maryland, 2000
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2001

2020-2021 Courses

  • Fall

    • PHYS 340 Electronics
    • PHYS 450 Directed Research
    • PHYS 470 Thermal Physics
    • Spring

      • PHYS 160 Astronomy
      • PHYS 245 General Physics II (Workshop)
      • PHYS 450 Directed Research


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    Recent Publications

    • T. Allison, et al., "The Qweak Experimental Apparatus", Nuclear Instrumentation and Methods A 781, 105 (2015), .
    • D. Androic, et al., "First Determination of the Weak Charge of the Proton", Physical Review Letters 111, 141803 (2013), .
    • D. Androic, et al., "Measurement of the parity-violating asymmetry in inclusive electroproduction of pi-minus near the delta resonance", Physical Review Letters 108, 122002 (2012), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.122002 .
    • D. Androic, et al., "Transverse beam spin asymmetries at backward angles in elastic electron-proton and quasielastic electron-deuteron scattering", Physical Review Letters 107, 022501 (2011),  doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.022501 .
    • D. Androic, et al., "The G0 experiment:  Apparatus for parity-violating electron scattering measurements at forward and backward angles", Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment 646, 59 (2011),  doi:10.1016/j.nima.2011.04.031 .
    • D. Androic, et al., "Strange quark contributions to parity-violating asymmetries in the backward angle G0 electron scattering experiment", Physical Review Letters 104, 012001 (2010), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.012001 .

    Research Interests

    • Dr. Spayde uses parity-violating electron scattering as a tool to test the Standard Model and to probe the strange quark structure of nucleons. The experiments in which he is involved are performed at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility ( ). His work is supported by the National Science Foundation (Award No.  1068032 ).