Graduate Profile: Ben Freemire

Ben Freemire works on radio-frequency cavity R&D for the Muon Accelerator Program.

NAME:
Ben Freemire

WHICH UNIVERSITY DID YOU ATTEND?
Illinois Institute of Technology

WHAT EXPERIMENT ARE YOU ON?
Radio-frequency cavity R&D at the MuCool Test Area

WHAT IS YOUR RESEARCH FOCUS?
I am currently involved in mitigating RF breakdown in strong external magnetic fields, specifically applied to a muon accelerator cooling channel. The muon accelerator model uses normal-conducting cavities, and I have focused on high-pressure gas-filled cavity tests. However, vacuum cavities with varying material end-plates are also being considered.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PARTICLE PHYSICS?
In two words: Star Trek. I have always been interested in how and why things work, which leads naturally to particle physics. Accelerators play a very important role in this field.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE OR 10 YEARS?
I would like to be a scientist at a national lab.

DURING GRAD SCHOOL, WHAT WAS THE MOST UNUSUAL OR EXCITING THING YOU DID OUTSIDE OF PHYSICS?
The most exciting thing by far was getting married. The most unusual, for me, is probably learning to ice skate, which has been a most humbling experience.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW?
I am continuing RF R&D work as a postdoc while looking for postdoc positions that would keep me in the Chicago area.

WHO WAS YOUR ADVISOR?
Yagmur Torun and Dan Kaplan.