David Silvermyr

Updated in Dec 2014

Work Address:

Lund University
Department of Physics, Div. of Particle Physics
Box 118, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden

Phone: +46 46 222 7674

Citizenship: Swedish + US Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) since 2009.

Research activities:

My primary research interest is in the field of Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics. I have conducted research at three major experiments at three major relativistic heavy ion accelerator facilities: For my undergraduate and graduate theses I worked on the WA98 experiment at the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) and the PHENIX experiment at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Prior to this I also worked on analysis of OPAL data from the Large Electron-Positron (LEP) collider as a CERN summer student. More recently, I have also started working in the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). I was stationed at CERN from Dec 2006 to Mar 2009, and from Apr 2010 to Mar 2012 working on the ALICE ElectroMagnetic Calorimeter. Below is a brief summary of different topics I have worked on in these experiments.

OPAL (1997): Estimating B hadron lifetimes using event topology.
WA98 (1997 - 1999): Charged particle tracking and Δ++ production.
PHENIX (1999 - ): Charged particle multiplicity and coherent peripheral interactions.
PHENIX (2002 - ): J/Ψ production in p+p, d+Au, Cu+Cu and Au+Au collisions.

ALICE (2009 - ): transverse energy, π0 and (in the future) heavy flavor production in p+p and Pb+Pb collisions.

Skills and Experience:

Hardware experience: construction, mounting of electronics, testing, installation, commissioning and running of the PHENIX Pad Chambers (1998 - 2002). Same, excluding construction, of the PHENIX Muon Tracker (2002 - 2003). Operation of the PHENIX Muon Identifier (2003 - ). Electronics, testing, commissioning and testbeam running (FNAL & CERN) of the ALICE ElectroMagnetic Calorimeter (2005 - ).

Programming languages: C++, C, FORTRAN.

Scripting languages: PERL, ShellScript.

Software application development: 10 years experience developing software (including experience with neural network techniques), tracking/pattern recognition, data analysis, data visualization, simulation, and real-time data monitoring applications and trigger software for major high energy physics experiments.

System administration: 2 years experience co-maintaining a small Digital UNIX system. 2 years experience in LINUX system maintenance. Worked on the setup, administration and running of a Linux computing farm at ORNL (~30 CPUs, 10 TBytes of disk).

Additional Comments: My work has been published in many scientific journals including Nuclear Instruments and Methods, Physical Review, Physics Letters and Nuclear Physics. I have presented my work in an international forum including seminars in Austria, France, India, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and USA.


1993-2002: Lund University, Lund, Sweden

  • Ph. D. - February 2002.
  • M. Sc. - June, 1997.


October 2014 - present

Assoc. Professor, Lund University

September 2005 - present (on leave from October 2014)

Research Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Supervisor: Vince Cianciolo.

September 2003 - September 2005

Wigner Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Supervisor: Vince Cianciolo.

April, 2002 - September 2003:

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Host: Michael J. Leitch.

October, 1997 - January, 2002:

PhD student, Lund University
Advisor: Evert Stenlund. Group Leader: Hans-Åke Gustafsson.

October, 1999 - October, 2000:

Technical Collaborator Appointment, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Mentor: Jeffery T. Mitchell.


Teaching Assistant, Lund University

June, 1997 - August, 1997:

Summer Student (OPAL), CERN
Supervisor: Richard J. Hawkings.


Vince Cianciolo, Group Leader, Oak Ridge Nat. Lab.
Michael J. Leitch, Team leader, Los Alamos Nat. Lab.
William A. Zajc, Prof., Columbia University