Research Assistant Professor
Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg. 090 Rm. 2303
Phone: +1 301 405 4952
Professor Koeth joined the University of Maryland faculty in 2009. He is currently the Director of the University of Maryland Nuclear Reactor and Radiation Facilities, which includes the Maryland 250 kW Training Reactor, a dry cell Irradiator, and a high power electron linear accelerator. Prof. Koeth is an NRC licensed Senior Reactor Operator. He is interested in coupling his experience of cyclotrons and intense charged particle beams with subcritical piles in the field of Accelerator Driven Systems and in the medical uses of accelerators.
His current research interests include intense electron and ion beam accelerators and associated beam optics. He presently performs research on the University of Maryland Electron Ring (UMER) investigating both longitudinal and transverse beam characteristics of space charge dominated beams. His research has included cyclotrons, cathodes, pulsed power, high power RF, normal and superconducting RF structures, as well as the radiological sciences.
He has more than seventy-five scientific publications, has given twenty invited presentations of his work, holds one patent, and is involved in collaborations throughout the world.
Professor Koeth is active in accelerator physics education; he has advised six graduate students and more than twenty undergraduate students. His educational undergraduate accelerator program has brought seven undergraduate physics students to pursue accelerator physics careers in both industry and academia. In the Fall of 2014 he will began offering an Educational Cyclotron Course at the University of Maryland.
He is an instructor at the United States Particle Accelerator School and has developed a new course on cyclotron design which was taught at Duke University in January 2013 and will be offered during the summer 2015 USPAS session. In recognition of his undergraduate educational efforts he was invited to serve on the scientific program committee for the 20th International Conference on Cyclotrons and Their Applications (Cyclotrons 2013) and to chair the inaugural session on educational cyclotrons.
Professor Koeth received a B.S. in physics from Rutgers University in 1997, and earned a Ph.D. in physics from Rutgers University in 2009. He completed his doctoral work at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), where he led two accelerator projects under the supervision of Helen Edwards. Koeth led the effort to bring the first high-gradient superconducting RF cavity at Fermilab into operation. Next he designed and performed the first experimental demonstration of a longitudinal-transverse phase space exchange. His thesis won the Rutgers’ Professor Plano Thesis Award acknowledging his thesis as the overall best that year.
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