Mike Finn

John Michael Finn, Professor of Physics

John Michael Finn | Department of Physics | College of William and Mary | P.O. Box 8795 | Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 | Email: finn@physics.wm.edu | Phone: 757-221-3514 | Fax: 757-221-3540 | Home Page: http://physics.wm.edu/~finn/


1966 BS Physics , Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
1972 MS Physics, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
1975 PhD Physics, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC


1985-Present: Professor of Physics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Active in subatomic physics research, funded by the NSF. Research program includes the development of electromagnetic spin physics probes of hadronic structure, measurements of electromagnetic structure of nucleons, and parity violation studies of strange quark contributions to the nucleon ground state. "Co spokesperson of the QWeak experiment, a low energy test of the standard model via measurement of the weak charge of the proton.
1995-96 Faculty Research Assignment, Jefferson Laboratory, Newport News, VA
As Chair of Trigger Electronics and Data Acquisition Group, worked on the commissioning of the High Resolution Spectrometer Pair in Hall A. Also co-spokesperson of the Hall A proton parity experiment (Jlab E91-010), which has received the highest scientific rating by the Program Advisory Committee. 
1980-85 Research Scientist, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Developed the coincidence electron scattering program at Bates Laboratory. Complementary studies of nuclear structure with hadronic probes were also undertaken at Los Alamos (LAMPF) and Indiana University (IUCF). 
1978-80 Visiting Scientist, Département de Physique à Haut Energie, Centre Études Nucleaire de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
Worked on quasi-free single arm and coincidence electron scattering measurements. Discovered breakdown of Coulomb sum rule. 
1976-78 Postdoc/Visiting Instructor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
Research performed at MIT/Bates and CEA-Saclay accelerators. Also taught Introductory Physics to Pre-Meds. 
1975-76 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
Research preformed at NBS and MIT/Bates accelerators.
1970-75 Research/Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Ph.D. thesis research undertaken at the National Bureau of Standards electron accelerator. Also participated in nuclear physics research at the Naval Research Laboratory. 
1968-70 Infantryman, U.S. Army
Served as rifleman, fire direction controller, and public information clerk with the  2/8 Inf. Reg.,  4th Infantry Division in Republic of Vietnam. "Wrote a poetic memoir of the experience called Flashback: A Journey in Time.
Summer 68 Math Instructor, The Heights, Washington, DC.
Taught algebra to gifted junior high school students. 
1966-68 Research/Teaching Assistant and NSF Traineeship, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Worked with High Energy Bubble Chamber Group. 
Summer 65 NSF Undergraduate Traineeship, Department of Physics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. .
Worked with Molecular Spectroscopy Group. 

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Qweak Institutional Council, (2002-2003).
  • Member, Educational Policy Committee, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, William and Mary (2001-2004).
  • Member. Post-Tenure Review Committee, Department of Physics, William and Mary, (2001-2003).
  • Member, Steering Committee, Department of Physics, William and Mary, (1999-2002).
  • Director, Physics Graduate Studies Program, William and Mary (1994-95, 1996-1998).
  • Member, A&S Committee of Graduate Studies, College of William and Mary (1994-95, 1996-1998).
  • Director, Undergraduate Research in Physics, William and Mary (1993-95).
  • Faculty Advisor and Member, William and Mary Tai Chi Club.
  • President, Board of Directors, Bates Linear Accelerator Users Group, Inc. (1988-89),Member (1987-90).
  • Member, DOE/EPSCORE Review Panel, 1997.
  • Member, Board of Directors CEBAF Users Group (1985-87).
  • Consultant, CEBAF Physics Division (1987-94).
  • Charter member of CEBAF Hall A Collaboration; Member of Coordinating Committee (1991-92, 1997-98);Chair, Trigger Electronics and Data Acquisition Group (1994-1997).Chair of the Hall A Coordinating Committee (1997-98).

Courses Taught

P101-102P Intro Physics Recitation Sections; P175, Astronomy, P208 Classical Mechanics; P303 Classical Mechanics II; P309Undergraduate Seminar; P351 Electronics II; P451-452 Senior Research: P475/ApSc446 Mathematical Physics; P491-492 Departmental Honors; P601 Graduate Classical Mechanics; P681 Adv. Topics. Electron Scattering: Theory and Exp. Methods; P621-622 Graduate Quantum Mechanics. P313-314 Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics.

Ph.D. Thesis Students

Pete Markowitz(1992), Paul Rutt (1993), Justin McIntyre (1996), Rhett Woo (1996), Chris Armstrong (1998), Krishni Wijesooriya (1999), Gary Rutledge (2000), Pibero Djawotho (2003), Josh Hopkins, Siyuan Yang, and Eric Crouse, in progress.