More Information about Professor David W. Hertzog

Professor David W. Hertzog received his bachelor's degree in physics from Wittenberg University in 1977 and his Ph.D. in physics from the College of William and Mary in 1983. Professor Hertzog’s current research focuses on precision measurements of fundamental importance in subatomic physics.

Professor Hertzog is part of the Precision Muon Physics Group at the University of Washington which was new in 2010 to the University of Washington, CENPA. Professor Hertzog and his research team built the effort at the University of Illinois, where Professor Hertzog was a faculty member. The Precision Muon Physics Group’s mission is to identify compelling, precision experiments that either determine fundamental quantities in physics or sensitively test the Standard Model. Professor Hertzog is involved in a series of high-precision experiments involving muons some of which include:

  • MuLan: a 1-ppm measurement of the muon lifetime, which determines the fundamental Fermi constant to sub-ppm precision.
  • MuCap: a precision measurement of the rate of the semi-leptonic electroweak process μ + p --> n + νμ, which will determine the least-well-known of the charged weak form factors of the nucleon, the pseudoscalar gp, to 7%. 
  • Muon g-2:   a proposed next-generation measurement of the muon anomaly to a precision of 0.14 ppm, which will be a sensitive test of the standard model.
  • MuSun: will measure the rate of the semileptonic weak process μ + d -->n + n + νμ . The rate will impact several fundamental reactions of astrophysics interest, such as solar pp fusion and the v+d reactions observed in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.
  • Mu2e:  a future experiment to probe charged lepton flavor violation at a single event sensitivity of 1 part in 10 to the 16th!, which is a very sensitive test of the Standard Model.

He is co-spokesman of MuLan and the New g-2 Experiment. His research group is also known for work in developing various detectors, especially electromagnetic calorimeters using scintillating fibers.

Professor Hertzog is the recipient of many honors and awards. Some examples include the List of Excellent Teachers (at University of Illinois) for 18 semesters, the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, 1994, the W. Keck Foundation Award for Engineering Teaching Excellence, 1994, the Amoco Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, 1997, the BP Amoco Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction, 2003, a University Scholar, 2000, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2000, and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 2004.