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  • Mehrnoosh Tahani

    Mehrnoosh Tahani

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Physics

    BioMehrnoosh Tahani currently holds a Canadian Banting fellowship hosted at Stanford University and a KIPAC fellowship. She was a research associate (Covington fellow) with the National Research Council Canada at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory from Sep 2019 to Sep 2022. She received her PhD in 2019 from the University of Calgary.

    Her research interests include magnetic fields, molecular clouds, star formation, Faraday rotation, dust polarization, interstellar medium, radio astronomy, magnetohydrodynamic simulations, the 3D shape of magnetic fields of star-forming clouds, and novel techniques for probing interstellar magnetic fields. She is involved in international collaborations such as BISTRO, CCAT-prime, JCMT-transients, and POSSUM.

    Mehrnoosh has held teaching positions as a sessional instructor, guest lecturer, and graduate teaching assistant, and has received teaching awards. Her current service roles include co-organizing the Open Cultural Astronomy Forum seminars ( and serving on the scientific organizing committee for the 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA 2023; she was previously a member of online organizing committee of CASCA 2021).

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  • Lauren Tompkins

    Lauren Tompkins

    Associate Professor of Physics
    On Leave from 10/01/2022 To 12/31/2022

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsProfessor Tompkins’s research focuses on understanding the relationships which govern matter’s most fundamental constituents. As a member of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), she utilizes the world’s highest energy person-made particle collisions in order to understand the mechanism that gives particles mass, whether or not our current model of elementary particle interactions is a complete description of nature, and if dark matter can be produced and studied in colliders.

    In order to search for the exceedingly rare interactions which may provide insight to these questions, the LHC will produce a blistering rate of 50 to 80 proton-proton collisions every 25 nanoseconds in 2015 and beyond. Professor Tompkins works on the design and implementation of custom electronics which will improve the ATLAS experiment’s ability to pick out the collisions which produce the Higgs bosons, dark matter particles and other rare events out of the deluge of ordinary interactions. Her group focuses on particles called heavy flavor fermions, the most massive particles not responsible for mediating interactions. Because they are so heavy, they may have a special connection to the origin of mass or physics beyond our current models of particle interactions.

    She is additionally a member of the Light Dark Matter Experiment (LDMX), a proposed experiment to produce and detect dark matter in the laboratory utilizing an accelerated beam of electrons.