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Curriculum vitae

My CV is one of the few technically proper things on this site. I also have a page on how I made my CV using Latex.

There is a book I re-typeset and editied in print. That is Al Cameron's 1957 Chalk River Report: Stellar Evolution, Nuclear Astrophysics, and Nucleogenesis.

If you just want to click on some links or browse the web, you can see the page on my publications in physics or query my name on ADS.

Have a look at the posters I've made if you are extremely bored or want formatting ideas for science posters.

Master's thesis

Read online! (I found the OpenLibrary BookReader and thought it was really neat, so I just did this for my own amusement.)

My Master's thesis was conducted at the Department of Physics & Astronomy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Alan A. Chen. There I was a part of his research group in experimental nuclear astrophysics. The title of my M.Sc. thesis is 30S Radioactive Beam Development and the 30S Waiting Point in Type I X-Ray Bursts.

You can feel free to download my thesis. Eventually I will get around to making a more internet-friendly version (this one was designed for high-quality printing, so it's 80 MB).

I have a working errata (both digitally as a text file and my personal hardcopy I've drawn in with red pen), which I eventually want to implement and release. There aren't too many physics errors, though (but I just found one last night! Ugh). I'd be pretty amazed if anyone besides me ever bothers reading my MSc thesis, besides maybe some of the people that got hardcopies or were on my committee. In fact, I'd be surprised if even half of the hardcopies I printed (11) got read more than halfway (100 pages) through. You can be pretty sure my parents never read it.

PhD thesis

Read thesis online or download PDF.

From 2008 to 2012, I was a PhD student at the Center for Nuclear Study of the University of Tokyo working under the supervision of Kubono san. My PhD experiment was conducted in September 2010, directly measuring the 30S(α,p) cross section, as well as alpha-scattering, at stellar temperatures relevant to X-ray bursts.

Radiation Safety

I've done so much safety training of all kinds, I decided to post my favorite one, which I call the Yale Cookie Test.

I am the administrator and creator of, an open-source, wiki-based approach to sharing raw data and analysis methods in nuclear physics.

Computer Programs and Documentation

A short collection of code I have written, documented, and/or hosted here for anyone interested.
  • crabat: The CRIB active target analyzer (hosted kindly at GitHub).
  • getpaper: a bash script for downloading, bibtexing, opening, and printing peer-reviewed physics papers.
  • getannual: a bash script for downloading nuclear physics annual reports.
  • cribbon: A beam model for CRIB I created.
  • rootcint: Basic documentation on running ROOT macros with a C++ compiler instead of CINT.
  • Installing ANAPAW: Documentation and code base ported to gfortran (unlike the official version).
  • rdf2root: converts rdf formatted data to ROOT trees.
  • Installing CRIB Optimizer: Documentation and hosted code.
  • enewz: Fortran energy loss routine.
  • mass: a bash script to spit nuclear masses to standard out using the AME03 mass table.
If you need to make a Gamow window plot (for thesis, etc), rather than scanning the one in Cauldrons in the Cosmos, you may use my makeGamow.C ROOT macro to generate your own. Code is well-commented—change the input parameters and adjust the scale factors. You can see a sample output pdf for 30S + α at 1.3 GK. I'm working on a newer one, which I eventually hope to make fully automated for different parameter choices when I'm less busy. That is makeGamowNew.C with the following output.

CRIB Experimental Logbooks

If you are a CRIB collaborator, you may view experiment logbook scans. I assume you know the passphrase...

CRIB RIB development run plans

Some people are asking me for my run plans for radioactive ion beam development tests at CRIB. I wrote these myself just from my own experience, but people seem to like the amount of detail I have offered. They are mainly provided as pdf files to be sure anyone can easily view them, but also because copy/paste without understanding (or keeping points that were specific to my own experiment) would be a bad idea; not that I can prevent you from using the pdf2text command which is part of poppler. Note that typically we are actually using the phi 1 mm aperture at F0 ("Q1" really) for primary beam tuning, and there should then be an explicit note to later remove this for RIB production (in other words, these are just a guide for you, not gospel). You may see a couple here:
Kubono san and other have suggested to me to draw up a general RIB run plan for use with any experiment. As a single text document I find this to be a challenge, owing to the differences in various experiments. Anyhow, If I can get around to it, the correct way would be a web interface which allows entry of specific information into a form, as well as various radio buttons and check boxes, which then generates a pdf file with a proper run plan. Of course, the cgi-bin on my website doesn't work right now, so even if I had this code, I could not post it publicly until the webmasters correct this for me.

Word Cloud

Please keep in mind, at present this method uses non-free software (it doesn't cost money, but it does not give you freedom). Soon I want to switch to the free software WordCram. Once I do, I will update the instruction here!

The word cloud at the top of this page was generated using the IBM Word-Cloud Generator, inspired by Rich Townsend and automated by my awesome shell scripting. Specifically, I fed the titles and abstracts of all my papers, which I got from my massive library.bib (contributed by my own getpaper) and then a shell script which also makes uses of the bib2bib command of the wonderful bibtex2html program. I might post that shell script at some point—okay fine, you can see my shell script; toss it in the ibm-word-cloud directory (wherever you put that), and edit things inside the shell script to your needs or liking. My only fear is someone will email me complaining about how they don't know how to use shell scripts, since this script was a local trick and not intended for release. Then I opened the resulting png file in GIMP and did Color to Alpha (it's under Layers and then Transparency) so it didn't have a white background. Sneaky.

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