Professor and Department Head, Physics

PETER FISHER, Professor of Physics;
Division Head, Particle and Nuclear Experimental Physics

Name: Peter Fisher

Title(s): Professor of Physics
Department Head, Physics

Email: fisherp@mit.edu

Phone: (617) 253-4801

Assistant: Claudia LaBollita-James (617) 253-4801


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 4-304
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area of Physics:

Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

Research Interests

Professor Peter Fisher's main activities are the experimental detection of dark matter using a new kind of detector with directional sensitivity and understanding the weak interactions using tau decays detector with the BaBar detector. His other projects include neutrino physics,  wireless power transfer, pedagogical work on electromagnetic radiation and development of new kinds of particle detectors.

Biographical Sketch

Peter Fisher is a professor in the Physics Department and head of the Particle and Nuclear Experimental Physics Division at MIT. He also holds appointments in the university's Laboratory for Nuclear Science and the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Peter is primarily involved in CERN's Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment, which is designed to make high-precision measurements of cosmic rays. His primary physics interests are dark matter and high-energy interactions, and he is also interested in the development of new particle detectors. Fisher received a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and in 1988 obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. He was also on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University from 1989 to 1994. Since then, he has published numerous papers on neutrinos and the search for what cosmic rays are made of.

Peter was been named the next head of the Department of Physics on October 17, 2013, replacing Edmund Bertschinger. His five-year term began on November 15, 2013.

Selected Publications

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