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James H. Buckley


Office Contact Information

253 Compton

Physics Department, CB 1105
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

(314) 935-7607
(314) 935-6219

Research Specialties

  • Gamma-ray astrophysics; optical astronomy
  • Astroparticle physics; multiwavelength astronomy
  • Direct and indirect searches for dark matter
  • Physics of active galaxies; origin of cosmic-rays
  • Photodetector development; computer architecture; development of high-speed electronics





1994 PhD. Physics, University of Chicago
1986 B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Toledo


Professional History

2005- Professor of Physics, Washington University
2001-2005 Associate Professor of Physics, Washington University
1997-2001 Assistant Professor of Physics, Washington University
1993-1997 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
1987-1993 Research Assistantship, University of Chicago, Dept. of Physics


Service to Profession

July 2009 Convener for TAUP 2009: International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics
July 2009 Convener for TeV Particle Astrophysics
May 2009 Fermi Cycle-2 Guest Investigator Program Proposal Review
Sept. 2006 Chairman of the IN2P3/MPI-K HESS-I I review committee
2004-2006 Member of the GLAST Users Committee
2001-2006 Member of USRA Astronomy Science Council


Relevant Prior Performance

  • Acting chairman of the VERITAS executive committee, founding member of VERITAS with 17 years research experience in γ -ray astronomy
  • Leader of the VERITAS FADC subproject; designed and fabricated the 2000 channel FADC system and other camera electronics for the VERITAS experiment.
  • PI on DOE-funded technology development (ADR program) for development of high-QE AlGaN/InGaN photodetectors using molecular beam epitaxy
  • NASA GSRP graduate research fellow (1990-1992) working on a NASA balloon experiment (RICH) with responsibility for detector design, construction, balloon-flight and scientific data analysis of a ring-imaging Cherenkov detector for cosmic-ray research


Honors and Awards

2004 The Academy of Science of St. Louis Innovation Award
1998 Department of Energy, Outstanding Junior Investigator Award
1997 The Shakti Duggal Award - 25th International Cosmic Ray Conference
1996 Smithsonian Institution Special Achievement Award
1989-1992 NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program grant