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CHANG KEE JUNG
SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair
Physics and Astronomy
chang.jung@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-8067, Physics P-101 | 631-632-8108, Physics D-141
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Biography
Chang Kee Jung is a SUNY Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University and a fellow of American Physical Society (APS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jung founded the Stony Brook Nucleon decay and Neutrino (NN) research group in 1991 to study neutrino properties and search for proton decays. He and the NN group participated in various ground breaking projects, including: Super-Kamiokande, the experiment that made a historic discovery of the neutrino oscillation phenomenon which resulted in a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015; K2K, the first accelerator-based long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment; and T2K, the long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment that discovered appearance of electron neutrinos from a muon neutrino beam. He shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with his collaborators in these experiments. Currently, Jung continues his work on T2K and participates in the US-based DUNE experiment, which is expected to discover charge-parity symmetry violation in the lepton sector. Jung actively sought to teach physics to non-science majors and the general public. Notably, he introduced "Light, Color and Vision" course at Stony Brook, and developed an entirely new course "Physics of Sports". He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets for his expertise in particle physics and physics of sports. Jung received his B.S. degree from Seoul National University in 1979 and his Ph.D. degree from Indiana University in 1986.
Most recently, Jung was honored by the APS 2022 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize “For outstanding contributions and leadership in experimental neutrino physics, and for outstanding teaching and outreach, especially on the physics of sports.” Since fall 2021, he has been serving as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


Research Statement
My current research interests and activities are focused on the following two areas: experimental search for proton decays - a direct evidence for (grand) unification, and measurements of neutrino properties, in particular CP violating phase, that may eventually lead us to resolve the matter-antimatter asymmetry mystery in the universe. I have been pursuing these goals through my participation in the Super-Kamiokande, K2K and T2K experiments. And now I am also participating in the DUNE experiment to pursue these goals further. In addition I am very much interested in detecting neutrinos from supernovae, search for neutrino-less double beta decay and search for dark matter. Nature kindly gave us the non-zero neutrino mixing angles in order for us to be able to probe CP violation in the lepton sector. May Nature be kind to us again and provide us with a large CP violation! And "A proton, may it live forever, but if it dies, let it die in my arms!", as late Maury Goldhaber, my dear friend, once said.

Advisees

Post-Docs

Dan Claes[1]
Clark McGrew[2]
Jim Hill[3]
Kai Martens[4]
Anthony Sarrat [5]
Kazuyoshi (Kenkou) Kobayashi [6]
Ian Taylor [7]
Jeanine Adam [8]
James Imber [9]
Jose Palomino [10]
Neha Dokania [11]
Guang Yang [12]

[1] Professor at U. of Nabraska
[2] Associate Professor at SUNY at Stony Brook
[3] Professor at Cal. State Univ. at Dominguez Hills
[4] Associate Professor at Institute for Physics and Mathematics of Universe, U. of Tokyo
[5] Software Engineer, KEAS Group. France
[6] Assitant Professor at ICRR, U. of Tokyo
[7] U.K. Intelligence Agency
[8] Consultant at Parexa, a management consulting company, Zurich, Switzerland
[9] Postdoc at LLR Ecole Polytechnique, France
[10] Postdoc at Illinois Institute for Technology
[11] Postdoc at U. of Cincinnati
[12] Assistant Project Scientist at U. of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. Students

Marc Paterno (Ph.D. May 1994)[1]
Hailin Li (Ph.D. May 1996)[2]
Brett Viren (Ph.D. May 2000)[3]
Christopher Mauger (Ph.D. Oct 2002)[4]
Eric Sharkey (Ph.D. May 2002)[5]
Matthew Malek (Ph.D. Aug 2003)[6]
Tokufumi (Fumi) Kato (Ph.D. May 2007)[7]
Lisa Whitehead (Ph.D. May 2007)[8]
Ryan Terri (Ph.D. Dec 2007)[9]
Glenn Lopez (Ph.D. Feb 2012)[10]
Dmitriy Beznosko (Ph.D. May 2012)[11]
Joshua Hignight (Ph.D. May 2014)[12]
Karin Gilje (Ph.D. Jun 2014)[13]
Jay Hyun Jo (Ph.D. Aug 2015)[14]
Xiaoyue Li (Ph.D. Jul 2018)[15]
Zoya Vallari (Ph.D. Nov 2018)[16]
Gabriel Santucci (Ph.D. Nov 2018)[17]
Kevin Wood (Ph.D. Jun 2021)[18]
Yue Wang (Ph.D. Sep 2021)[19]

[1] Computer Science Researcher, Scientific Computing Division, Fermilab
[2] CEO, yHLsoft Inc., Naperville, IL
[3] Staff Scientist, BNL
[4] Associate Professor, U. of Pennsylvania
[5] Netrics Computing Software Company, Princeton, NJ
[6] Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield, U.K.
[7] Managing Director, Neuberger Berman, Manhattan, NY
[8] Associate Professor, U. of Houston
[9] Physics Teacher, The London Oratory School, London, U.K.
[10] Associate, OneWest Bank, Pasadena, CA
[11] Assistant Professor, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
[12] Postdoc, University of Alberta
[13] Postdoc, University of Alberta
[14] Assistant Physicist at BNL
[15] Research Scientist at TRIUMF, Canada
[16] Postdoc, California Institute of Technology
[17] Postdoc, York University, Toronto, Canada
[18] Owen Chamberlain Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA
[19] Machine Learning Scientist, TikTok, Mountain View, CA

M.S. Students

Brenda Daniels (M.S. May 1993)[1]
Thorsten Wengler (M.S. May 1995)[2]
Florian Goebel (M.S. May 1997)[3]
Marcus Ackerman (M.S. Aug. 2001)[4]

[1] Deceased, October 2006
[2] Research Staff Physicist at CERN
[3] Deceased, September 2008
[4] Scientist at DESY

ckj with maurive goldhaber
With Maurice Goldhaber, circa 2002

Highlights

Chang Kee Jung Wins American Physical Society’s 2022 Lilienfeld Prize
A profile article in the Symmetry magazine: The thrill-seeking physicist
Chang Kee Jung on Serena Williams Serve in Business Insider -- (the same video can be seen on YouTube)

Past Research Projects

HRS Experiment, PEP at SLAC
MarkII Experiment, SLC at SLAC
D0 Experiment
K2K Experiment
UNO Project
Henderson DUSEL/HUSEP Project