Professor Alex Komives
Dr. Alex Komives has been at DePauw since fall 2002. He has taught introductory sections of physics (Phys 120 and Phys 130), electricity and magnetism (Phys 430), and nuclear and particle physics (Phys 380) which he also created from scratch. When Dr. Komives is not teaching he is actively involved in research projects at DUNPL (DePauw University Nuclear Physics Laboratories) of which he is the director. He has supervised student research projects connected with his current research in weak interactions in nuclear systems. His students have collaborated with him on an ongoing project, called aCORN, to measure the electron-antineutrino correlation in neutron beta decay. This experiment is in the planning and construction phases and slated for test measurements at the Low Energy Neutron Source (LENS) at Indiana University next year (2007). He also works on neutron depolarization measurements in various forms of deuterium. Recently two students accompanied him to the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland to do some of these measurements.
Dr. Komives received his B.S. in 1989, M.S. in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1997, all from Indiana University. He worked from 1997 until 2001 as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame. From 2001 until 2002, he held a prestigious National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
When he’s not teaching or doing research, Dr. Komives likes to dabble in photography, bicycle, fly airplanes and read books written in French.