Welcome to David Smith's Home Page

Where am I?

Home address: 44, rue Rue Catulle Mendes, 33800 Bordeaux. Phone 05 56 49 37 18

Work address: C.E.N. de Bordeaux-Gradignan, Le Haut Vigneau

B.P. 120, 33175 Gradignan. Phone 05 57 12 08 91. Fax 05 57 12 08 01.

Where am I from?

Born and raised in Berkeley, California I went to Berkeley High School and then on to Cal Berkeley. I was a walk-on to the JV swim team. My junior year I worked at the Space Sciences Lab and my senior year I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

Off to graduate school in Shampoo-Banana, Illinois: High Energy Physics Group, U. Of I. at Urbana-Champaign

There, I worked on the experiment that discovered the Top Quark: the Collider Detector Facility at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois.

Then I went to Pisa, Italy for a looooonnnggg PostDoc at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa.

I spent a year in Paris LPNHE Paris VI-VII and also LLR (formerly LPNHE) Ecole Polytechnique,

before finally settling down in Bordeaux with my wonderful wife, Cecile, and our two wonderful boys, Matthew and Thomas, to work at the

Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan with the plan to live happily ever after doing gamma ray astrophysics.

What am I doing?

A Bordeaux, mes fils et moi participent au club Jeunes-Science Bordeaux.

For many years I worked at Themis on the CELESTE experiment and I even wrote a review of the solar plant approach to ground-based gamma ray astronomy, available HERE

Now however I'm full-time preparing for GLAST with the intent to discover gamma ray pulsars. If you Google pulsars. you'll find lots of nice links. In particular, the NASA web pages are pretty good, and include a section specific to gamma ray pulsars. Here is another good NASA page.

Si vous en preferez des pages web sur les pulsars en francais, en voici un exemple, et en voici un autre.

We work closely with the Nancay radiotelescope, they maintain a pulsar timing database..

Pour la Fete de la Science (octobre 2006) j'ai fait une presentation sur les pulsars gamma avec GLAST devant des lyceens (en PowerPoint). Voici la meme chose en .pdf.

I spent the year 2004-2005 at SLAC (Stanford, in Palo Alto, California) to work on the GLAST LAT (Large Area Telescope).

smith@cenbg.in2p3.fr (updated 12 October 2006)
(This is me with a GLAST LAT calorimeter module in an NRL cleanroom.)

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