Biography

Robert Johnson - Deputy Director and Professor of Physics at the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
 
Photo of Robert Johnson Robert Johnson is a Full Professor of Physics at the University of California Santa Cruz and Deputy Director of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP).

Johnson joined the Fermi mission in 1994. Robert quickly gravitated to working on the key electronics issue for the Fermi concept: low power. His innovative designs and prototypes both demonstrated the feasibility of the Fermi concept as well as helped to guide its development. Robert is currently the co-lead for the Dark Matter Science Group and is a member of the Large Area Telescope (LAT) Senior Scientist Advisory Committee.

During the construction phase, Robert was the sub-system manager for the pair conversion telescope, the instrument at the heart of the LAT. At the time, this was the largest all solid state tracking detector ever built, with tens of thousands of detectors encompassing over 73 square meters in area and almost a million individual electronic read-out channels. The LAT instrument’s current performance is a direct result of the attention paid to the myriad details inherent in a device this size.

Robert, by trade, is a high energy particle physicist and, prior to joining Fermi, he participated in the electronics design for the successful vertex detector used in the BaBar experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) B-Factory. Before that, and after receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1986, he worked on the ALEPH (Apparatus for LEP Physics) Experiment at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research in France). ALEPH was one of four main detectors of the Large Electron-Positron Collider (LEP) at CERN, one of the largest particle accelerators ever made.

Robert was an undergraduate at University of Kansas.

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