Berkeley Lab

Ren Cooper

Staff Scientist

Nuclear Science Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: 510 486 7926

I am a Staff Applied Physicist with the Applied Nuclear Physics Program and lead the Instrumentation and Data Integration Group.

My research interests lie in the development of novel gamma-ray detection and imaging systems, algorithms, and data analysis techniques for experimental nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging, and nuclear and homeland security.

In addition to my research activities I have a strong interest in outreach, education, and the communication of science.

2007 Ph.D., Applied Nuclear Physics, The University of Liverpool, UK
2004 M.Sc., Radiometrics, The University of Liverpool, UK
2003 B.Sc. (Hons), Physics, The University of Liverpool, UK

Professional Appointments
2011 – Present, Staff Scientist, Applied Nuclear Physics Program, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
2008 – 2011, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
2007 – 2008, Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of Liverpool, UK

Professional Activities
2015 Physical Sciences Directorate Representative, LBNL Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium Committee
2014 – Present, LBNL Institutional Representative, COHERENT Collaboration Board
2014 – Present, Leader, COHERENT Germanium (COGe) Development
2013 Faculty, IAEA Workshop on Advances in Digital Spectroscopy
2012 – Present, Leader, Government Support Team for Long Range Radiation Detection, DNDO
2010 – Present, Referee, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
2007 – Present, Referee, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research
2009 – 2011 Task Leader, MAJORANA pulse shape analysis
2009 – 2011 Task Leader, MAJORANA pulse shape simulation

Selected Ongoing Research Projects

  • Network Fusion Architecture Based on Spatial-Spectral Correlations in Radiological Backgrounds, DARPA
  • Mobile Urban Radiation Search Program (MURS), DNDO
  • Technical Support for the Sigma Program: Architecture Analysis and Algorithm Development, DARPA
  • Accurate Radiological Background Estimation Through Semantic Mapping and Classification of Environments Using Geo-Referenced Imagery, DNDO
  • Ultra High Rare Ge System, DOE DNN R&D
  • Toward Next Generation Gamma-Ray Tracking Arrays: Development of Inverted Coaxial Segmented HPGe Detector Technology, LBNL LDRD
  • COHERENT: CEvNS study at the Spallation Neutron Source

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