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Robin Bjorkquist

I am a graduate student in the Physics Department at Cornell University. I work with Professor David Rubin at the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences and Education (CLASSE). My graduate research has ranged from experimental particle physics to accelerator physics.

I spent several years working on the Muon g–2 experiment at Fermilab, which started running in 2017. During those years, I had the opportunity to work on multiple aspects of the experiment, including Geant4 simulations of the electromagnetic calorimeters, firmware development for custom digitizer electronics, and the construction, testing and installation of a set of scintillating-fiber beam monitors.

Now I work with an accelerator physics group here at Cornell. The group is currently working on an experiment to demonstrate a new beam-cooling technique called "optical stochastic cooling" in the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR).

Beginning in July 2019, I will be serving with the Peace Corps as a secondary science teacher in Tanzania.

Contact Information

Office: Wilson 309

Mailing Address:
      Physics Department, Cornell University
      117 Clark Hall
      Ithaca, NY 14853


When I was in high school, I participated in the Saturday Academy Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering program. As part of my internship, I spent three weeks at sea aboard the R/V Point Sur with an assortment of physical oceanographers. Special thanks to the Ocean Mixing Group at Oregon State University, for inviting me to join them for two more summer cruises. I was impressed by their passion, resourcefulness, and good cheer. Although I did not turn into an oceanographer, I regard those weeks at sea as the beginning of my scientific career.

As a freshman at Reed College, I entered training to become a licensed operator of the college's nuclear reactor. My involvement in the reactor program began as an extra-curricular activity, but grew to become the center of my college experience. I loved the work so much that I stayed on for two years after my graduation, in the role of Associate Reactor Director. It is the workplace against which I measure all others, and I want nothing more than to land myself in a professional environment characterized by similar camaraderie and excitement for both learning and teaching.

During my undergraduate years, I also participated in summer research programs at Bucknell University and Cornell University. At Bucknell, I studied the behavior of glass with Katharina Vollmayr-Lee using molecular dynamics simulations. The following summer, I worked with Georg Hoffstaetter on an accelerator physics project here at Cornell. Back at Reed, I wrote my senior thesis on hidden momentum, advised by David Griffiths. (Never heard of hidden momentum? Don't worry! You can always read my thesis, or check out our AJP article.)