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Department ofPhysics

Betty A. Young

Betty A. Young


Professor Young received a B.S. degree in Physics from San Francisco State University. In 1990, she received a Ph.D. from Stanford University where she worked on the development of cryogenic particle detectors with superconducting phonon sensors. After graduate school, she spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Particle Astrophysics at UC Berkeley. Since coming to Santa Clara in 1994, Professor Young has established a research group at Santa Clara University and continues to work with the multi-institutional Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) collaboration. In addition, she and her students work closely with the quantum sensors group of Professor Kent Irwin at Stanford / SLAC.


Selected Publications
  • B.A. Young, et. al, "Observation of Ballistic Phonons in Silicon Crystals Induced by Alpha Particles”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 2795 (1990).

  • P. Zecher, et. al, “Energy Deposition of Energetic Silicon Atoms Within a Silicon Lattice", Phys. Rev. A 41, 4058 (1990).

  • B.A. Young, et. al, "A Study of Incomplete Charge Collection in Cryogenic Detectors Using a Segmented 60 gram Germanium Phonon and Ionization Detector", Journal of Low Temperature Physics 93, Nos. 3 & 4, 393 (1993).

  • B.A. Young et. al, “Ion - Implanted Charge Collection Contacts For High Purity Silicon Detectors Operated at 20 mK", Rev. Sci. Instrum. 66 (3), 2625 (1995).

  • B. A. Young, et. al, "Measurement of Tc Suppression in Tungsten Using Magnetic Impurities", J. Appl. Phys. Vol. 86 No. 12, 6975 (1999).

  • B.A. Young, et. al., "Tc Tuning of Tungsten Transition Edge Sensors Using Iron Implantation", Nucl. Instrum. and Meth. A Vol. 441, Nos. 1-2, 296 (2000).

  • B.A. Young, et. al., "Effect of Implanted Metal Impurities on Superconducting Tungsten Films", J. Appl. Phys. 91, No. 10, 6516 (2002).

  • B.A. Young, et. al, "Using Ion Implantation to Adjust the Transition Temperature of Superconducting Films", NIM A 520, 307 (2004).

  • S.W. Deiker, et. al, "Superconducting Transition Edge Sensor Using Dilute AlMn Alloys" Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 2137 (2004).

  • CDMS Collaboration, "Limits on Spin-Independent Interactions of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles with Nucleons from the Two-Tower Run of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search" Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 011302 (2006).

  • CDMS Collaboration, “Search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles with the First Five-Tower Data from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search at the Soudan Underground Laboratory”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 011301 (2009).

  • J.R. Jameson, et. al, “Dielectric Relaxation Study of Hydrogen Exposure as a Source of Two-Level Systems in Al2O3”, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 357, pp 2148-2151 (2011).

  • CDMS Collaboration, “Demonstration of Surface Electron Rejection with Interleaved Germanium Detectors for Dark Matter Searches“, App. Phys. Lett. 103, p. 164105 (2013).

  • J. Yen, et. al, “Measurement Of Quasiparticle Transport In Aluminum Films Using Tungsten Transition-Edge Sensors”, App. Phys. Lett. 105, 163504 (2014).

  • B. Shank, et. al, “Nonlinear Optimal Filter Technique For Analyzing Energy Depositions In TES Sensors Driven Into Saturation”, AIP Advances 4, 117106 (2014).

  • J.M. Kreikebaum, et. al, “Confocal sputtering of conformal α-β phase W films on etched Al features”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 33, 011203 (2015).

  • CDMS Collaboration, “New Results from the Search for Low-Mass Weakly Interacting Massive Particles with the CDMS Low Ionization Threshold Experiment”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 171301 (2016).