JR Dennison

Physics

Professor


JR Dennison

Contact Information

Office Location: SER 222D
Phone: 435-797-2936
Email: jr.dennison@usu.edu
Additional Information:

Educational Background

PhD, Physics, Virginia Tech, 1985
(e,2e) Spectroscopic Investigations of the Spectral Momentum Densities of Thin Carbon Films
MS, Physics, Virginia Tech, 1983
BS, Physics, (Math), Appalachian State University, 1979

Awards

College of Science Nominee for Graduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2021

USU College of Science

Department of Physics Nominee for Graduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2020

Department of Physics

Goldwater Fellowship Mentor, 2020

Goldwater

Department of Physics Nominee for Graduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2019

Department of Physics

College of Science Researcher of the Year, 2015

USU College of Science

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) Mentor, 2014

NASA

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) Mentor, 2012

NASA

National Academies Senior Research Fellow, 2012

National Research Council-Air Force Research Laboratory

Goldwater Fellowship Mentor, 2011

Goldwater

College of Science Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2009

College of Science, USU

Goldwater Fellowship Mentor, 2009

Goldwater

AIAA Senior Member, 2007

Department of Physics Nominee for College of Science Researcher of the Year, 2007

Department of Physics, USU

Department of Physics Nominee for College of Science Researcher of the Year, 2006

Department of Physics, USU

Utah State University Department Teaching Excellence Award, 2005

Utah State University

Department of Physics Nominee for Graduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2004

Department of Physics

Department of Physics Nominee for Graduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2003

Department of Physics

NASA Group Achievement Award, 2003

NASA Space Environment and Effects Branch

NASA Software Author Award, 2003

NASA Inventions and Contributions Board

Certificate of Merit by the AIAA Plasmadynamics and Laser Technical Committee for Best Paper of 2000, 2000

AIAA Plasmadynamics and Laser Technical Committee

NASA Rocky Mountain Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship Mentor, 2000

NASA

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) Mentor, 2000

NASA

Alumni Professorship Award, 1999

College of Science Teacher of the Year, 1999

College of Science

Nomination for NASA Award for Research Excellence, 1999

NASA Space Environment and Effects Branch

Graduate Student Poster Presentation award Mentor, 1998

Council on Undergraduate Research 7th Annual Poster Session on Capitol HillAmerican Physical Society Four Corners Sectional Meeting

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) Mentor, 1995

NASA

NASA Rocky Mountain Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship Mentor, 1993

NASA


Publications | Books

  • Dennison, J.R, Riffe, D., Call, R., Everett, A., Briggs, J., Pearson, T., Nickels, N., Burns, T., (2018). Introduction to Scientific Computing: On-Line Edition, Ver. 5.1. digitalcommons.usu.edu *
  • Briggs, J., Dennison, J.R, Riffe, D., Nickels, N., Burns, T., (2004). Introduction to Scientific Computing: Modern Physics Handbook. digitalcommons.usu.edu *
  • Nickles, N., Dennison, J.R, Riffe, D., Porter, B., (1998). Problem Solving Tutorial. digitalcommons.usu.edu *
  • Nickles, N., Dennison, J.R, Riffe, D., (1997). Introduction to Scientific Computing: Introductory Physics Handbook. digitalcommons.usu.edu *
  • Riffe, D., Dennison, J.R, Nickels, N., Burns, T., (1997). Introduction to Scientific Computing: Modern Physics Handbook. digitalcommons.usu.edu *
  • Dennison, J.R, Bingham, L., (1997). Roller Coaster Physics with K’NEX: Student Workbook. works.bepress.com *
  • Dennison, J.R, (1996). Amusement Park Physics Curriculum Manual. digitalcommons.usu.edu *
  • Dennison, J.R, Riffe, D., Howell, J., (1996). Schaum’s Electronic Tutor: College Physics. digitalcommons.usu.edu *

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Dennison, J.R, (2020). Strategies for Determining Electron Yield Material Parameters for Spacecraft Charge Modeling. Space Weather, doi: 10.1029/2019SW002346
  • Diaz-Aguado, M.F, Bonnell, J.W, Bale, S.D, Dennison, J.R, Gruntman, M., (2020). Experimental Investigation of the Secondary and Backscatter Electron Emission from New Spacecraft Surface Materials,. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 1-20. doi: 10.2514/1.A34655
  • Andersen, A., Dennison, J.R, (2019). Physics-Driven Dual-Defect Model Fits of Voltage Step-Up to Breakdown Data in Spacecraft Polymer. IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, 4.
  • Wilson, G., Shen, T., Dennison, J.R, (2019). Secondary Electron Yield Measurements of Carbon Nanotube Forests: Dependence on Morphology and Substrate. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 47, 3801-3809. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2019.2921505
  • Dennison, J.R, (2019). Wireless Detection of Electrostatic Discharge Events. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 47:8, 3867-3871. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2019.2907587
  • Dennison, J.R, (2017). Dependence of Electrostatic Field Strength on Voltage Ramp Rate for Spacecraft Materials. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 45:8, 2036-2039.
  • Andersen, A., Dennison, J.R, (2017). An Enhanced Operational Definition of Dielectric Breakdown for DC Voltage Step-up Test. IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, 4.
  • Dennison, J.R, (2017). PEA System Development for Volume Charge Distribution Measurement in Thin Dielectric Films. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 45:8, 1955-1960. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2016.2632627
  • Dennison, J.R, Perspectives on the Distributions of ESD Breakdowns for Spacecraft Charging Applications. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 45:8, 2031-2035. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2017.2655885
  • Dennison, J.R, Dekany, J., Christiansen, J., Jensen, A.E, Wilson, G., Schneider, T., Bower, C.W, Meloy, R., (2015). Variations in Cathodoluminescent Intensity of Spacecraft Materials Exposed to Energetic Electron Bombardment. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 43:11, 3948-3954. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2015.2480086
  • Dennison, J.R, Evans, A., Meloy, R., (2015). Electron Beam Induced Luminescence of SiO2 Optical Coatings. Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP) 2012 Annual Report, IEEE-CEIDP, 479-482. doi: 10.1109/CEIDP.2012.6378824
  • Andersen, A., Dennison, J.R, (2015). Mixed Weibull Distribution Model of DC Dielectric Breakdowns with Dual Defect Modes. IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, 4.
  • Dennison, J.R, Andersen, A., (2015). Pre-breakdown Arcing as a Proxy for DC Dielectric Breakdown Testing of Polymeric Insulators. IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, 4.
  • Dennison, J.R, Jensen, A.E, (2015). Defects Density of States Model of Cathodoluminescent Intensity and Spectra of Disordered SiO2. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 43:9, 2925-2932. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2015.2461164
  • Dennison, J.R, Andersen, A., Sim, A.M, Sim, C., (2015). Electrostatic Discharge and Endurance Time Measurements of Spacecraft Materials: A Defect-Driven Dynamic Model. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 43:9, 2941-2953. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2015.2428258
  • Dennison, J.R, (2015). The Dynamic Interplay Between Spacecraft Charging, Space Environment Interactions and Evolving Materials. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Physics, 43:9, 2933-2940. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2015.2434947
  • Ferguson, D., Krezan, J., Barton, D.A, Dennison, J.R, Gregory, S., (2014). Feasibility of Detecting Spacecraft Charging and Arcing by Remote Sensing. Journal of Spacecrafts and Rockets, 51:6, 1907-1913. doi: 10.2514/1.A32958
  • Dennison, J.R, Andersen, A., (2014). Pre-breakdown Arcing and Electrostatic Discharge in Dielectrics under High DC Electric Field Stress. IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, 4.
  • Jensen, A.E, Dennison, J.R, Wilson, G., Dekany, J., (2014). Low-Temperature Cathodoluminescence in Disordered SiO₂. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 42:1, 305-310. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2013.2291873
  • Hodges, J., Sim, A.M, Wilson, G., Jensen, A.E, Dennison, J.R, (2014). In Situ Surface Voltage Measurements of Layered Dielectrics. IEEE Trans. on Plasma Sci.,, 42:1, 255-265. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2013.2291862
  • Dekany, J., Johnson, R., Wilson, G., Jensen, A.E, Dennison, J.R, (2014). Ultrahigh Vacuum Cryostat System for Extended Low Temperature Space Environment Testing. IEEE Trans. on Plasma Sci.,, 42:1, 266-271. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2013.2290716
  • Wilson, G., Dennison, J.R, Jensen, A.E, Dekany, J., (2013). Electron Energy-Dependent Charging Effects of Multilayered Dielectric Materials. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 41:12, 3536-3544. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2013.2288356
  • Dekany, J., Sim, A.M, Brunson, J., Dennison, J.R, (2013). Electron Transport Models and Precision Measurements With the Constant Voltage Conductivity Method. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 41:12, 3565-3576.
  • Johnson, R., Montierth, L., Dennison, J.R, Dyer, J.S, Lindstrom, E., (2013). Small Scale Simulation Chamber for Space Environment Survivability Testing. IEEE Trans. on Plasma Sci.,, 41:12, 3453-3458. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2013.2281399
  • Dennison, J.R, Evans, A., Wilson, G., Dekany, J., (2013). Nanodielectric Properties of High Conductivity Carbon-Loaded Polyimide Under Electron-Beam Irradiation. Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Solid Dielectrics (ICSD), 730-735. doi: 10.1109/ICSD.2013.6619849
  • Wilson, G., Dennison, J.R, (2012). Approximation of Range in Materials as a Function of Incident Electron Energy. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 40:2, 305-310. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2011.2176515
  • Dennison, J.R, Evans, A., Fullmer, D., Hodges, J.L, (2012). Charge Enhanced Contamination and Environmental Degradation of MISSE-6 SUSpECS Materials. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 40:2, 254-261. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2011.2178104
  • Hoffman, R.C, Dennison, J.R, (2012). Methods to Determine Total Electron-Induced Electron Yields Over Broad Range of Conductive and Nonconductive Materials. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 40:2, 298-304. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2011.2178251
  • Evans, A., Dennison, J.R, (2012). The Effects of Surface Modification on Spacecraft Charging Parameters. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 40:2, 254-261. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2011.2179676
  • Koeln, J.P, Boulware, J.C, Ban, H., Dennison, J.R, (2011). Observations on Braided Thin Wire Nucleate Boiling in Microgravity. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 32, 973-981. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2011.05.005
  • Donegan, M.M, Sample, J.L, Dennison, J.R, Hoffmann, R., (2010). Spacecraft Coating-Induced Charging: A Materials and Modeling Study of Environmental Extremes. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 47:1, 134-146.
  • Donegan, M.M, Sample, J.L, Dennison, J.R, Hoffman, R., (2010). Coating-Induced Charging of the Solar Probe Spacecraft: A Materials and Modeling Study of Environmental Extremes. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 47:1, 134-146.
  • Dennison, J.R, Gillespie, J., Hodges, J., Hoffman, R.C, Abbott, J., Hunt, A.W, Spaulding, R., (2009). Radiation Induced Conductivity of Highly-Insulating Spacecraft Materials: Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry. American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings Series, American Institute of Physics, 1099, 203-208.
  • Green, N.W, Dennison, J.R, (2008). Deep Dielectric Charging of Spacecraft Polymers by Energetic Protons. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 36:5, 2482-2490.
  • Hoffman, R., Dennison, J.R, Thomson, C.D, Albresten, J., (2008). Low-fluence Electron Yields of Highly Insulating Materials. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 36:5, 2238-2245.
  • Dennison, J.R, Brunson, J., (2008). Temperature and Electric Field Dependence of Conduction in Low-Density Polyethylene. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 36:5, 2246-2252.
  • Green, N.W, Frederickson, A.R, Dennison, J.R, (2006). Experimentally derived resistivity for dielectric samples from the CRRES internal discharge monitor. Ieee Transactions on Plasma Science, 34:5, 1973-1978.
  • Dennison, J.R, Brunson, J., Swaminathan, P., Green, N.W, Frederickson, A.R, (2006). Methods for high resistivity measurements related to spacecraft charging. Ieee Transactions on Plasma Science, 34:5, 2191-2203.
  • Green, N.W, Frederickson, A.R, Dennison, J.R, (2006). Charge Storage Measurements of Resistivity for Dielectric Samples from the CRRES Internal Discharge Monitor. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 34:5, 1973-1978.
  • Dennison, J.R, Sim, A., Thomson, C., (2006). Evolution of the Electron Yield Curves of Insulators as a Function of Impinging Electron Fluence and Energy. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 34:5, 2204-2218.
  • Dennison, J.R, Brunson, J., Swaminathan, P., Green, N., Frederickson, A.R, (2006). Methods for Resistivity Measurements Related to Spacecraft Charging. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 34:5, 2191-2203.
  • Clerc, S., Dennison, J.R, Hoffman, R., Abbott, J., (2006). On the Computation of Secondary Electron Emission Models. IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science, 34:5, 2219-2225.
  • Burns, T.E, Dennison, J.R, Kite, J., (2004). Extended BEG Model of Monhalogenated Methanes Physisorbed on Ionic Crystals. Surface Science, 554, 211-221.
  • Dennison, J.R, Frederickson, A., (2003). Measurement of Conductivity and Charge Storage in Insulators Related to Spacecraft Charging. IEEE Transaction on Nuclear Science, 50:6, 2284-2291.
  • Burns, T.E, Dennison, J.R, Ehrlich, S.N, (1999). Synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies of multilayer nitrogen physisorbed on porous graphite foam. Langmuir, 15:4, 1423-1428.
  • Burns, T.E, Dennison, J.R, (1998). Physisorbed CO on ionic crystals: an extended BEG spin-lattice model of adsorbed dipolar molecules. Surface Science, 395:1, 46-59.
  • Dennison, J.R, Doyle, T.E, (1997). An embedded ring approach to the vibrational dynamics of low-dimensional amorphous solids with applications to graphitic carbon materials. Carbon, 35:10-11, 1465-1477.
  • Davies, R.E, Dennison, J.R, (1997). Evolution of secondary electron emission characteristics of spacecraft surfaces. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 34:4, 571-574.
  • Dennison, J.R, Ritter, A.L, (1996). Application of (e,2e) spectroscopy to the electronic structure of valence electrons in crystalline and amorphous solids. Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 77:2, 99-142.
  • Dennison, J.R, Holtz, M., Swain, G., (1996). Raman spectroscopy of carbon materials. Spectroscopy, 11:8, 38-46.
  • Doyle, T.E, Dennison, J.R, (1995). VIBRATIONAL DYNAMICS AND STRUCTURE OF GRAPHITIC AMORPHOUS-CARBON MODELED USING AN EMBEDDED-RING APPROACH. Physical Review B, 51:1, 196-200.
  • Hansen, F.Y, Frank, V.L, Taub, H., Bruch, L.W, Lauter, H.J, Dennison, J.R, (1990). CORRUGATION IN THE NITROGEN-GRAPHITE POTENTIAL PROBED BY INELASTIC NEUTRON-SCATTERING. Physical Review Letters, 64:7, 764-767.
  • Larese, J.Z, Zhang, Q.M, Passell, L., Hastings, J.M, Dennison, J.R, Taub, H., (1989). LAYER-BY-LAYER GROWTH OF SOLID ARGON FILMS ON GRAPHITE AS STUDIED BY NEUTRON-DIFFRACTION. Physical Review B, 40:7, 4271-4275.
  • Wang, S.K, Newton, J.C, Wang, R., Taub, H., Dennison, J.R, Shechter, H., (1989). MULTILAYER STRUCTURE OF NITROGEN ADSORBED ON GRAPHITE. Physical Review B, 39:14, 10331-10341.
  • Gao, C., Wang, Y.Y, Ritter, A.L, Dennison, J.R, (1989). NATURE OF CARBON-CARBON BONDING IN EVAPORATED AND ION-SPUTTERED (DIAMONDLIKE) AMORPHOUS-CARBON FROM (E,2E) SPECTROSCOPY. Physical Review Letters, 62:8, 945-948.
  • Dennison, J.R, Taub, H., Hansen, F.Y, Shechter, H., Brener, R., (1988). ANOMALOUS LAYERING OF FE(CO)5 ADSORBED ON GRAPHITE. Physical Review B, 37:4, 2266-2269.
  • Gao, C., Ritter, A.L, Dennison, J.R, Holzwarth, N.A, (1988). SPECTRAL MOMENTUM DENSITY OF GRAPHITE FROM (E,2E) SPECTROSCOPY - COMPARISON WITH 1ST-PRINCIPLES CALCULATION. Physical Review B, 37:8, 3914-3923.
  • Ritter, A.L, Dennison, J.R, Dunn, J., (1984). (E, 2E) SPECTROMETER FOR INVESTIGATING THE SPECTRAL MOMENTUM DENSITY OF THIN-FILMS. Review of Scientific Instruments, 55:8, 1280-1286.
  • Ritter, A.L, Dennison, J.R, Jones, R., (1984). SPECTRAL MOMENTUM DENSITY OF AMORPHOUS-CARBON FROM (E,2E) SPECTROSCOPY. Physical Review Letters, 53:21, 2054-2057.

Professional Journal

  • Dennison, J.R, (2019). Dynamic secondary electron emission in rough composite materials. Science Reports, 9, 13967. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-50353-3
  • Dennison, J.R, (2017). Cathodoluminescence Studies of Defects in Coated Boron Nitride. Journal of Physics D : Applied Physics, 50:29, 295302-295312. doi: 10.1088/1361-6463/aa78b7
  • Dennison, J.R, (2017). Cathodoluminescence Studies of Defects in Coated Boron Nitride. Journal of Physics D : Applied Physics, 50:28, 295302-295312. doi: 10.1088/1361-6463/aa78b7
  • Dennison, J.R, (2016). Electrical Properties Study under Electron Beam of Annealed and Coated Boron Nitride. Journal of Spacecrafts and Rockets, doi: 10.2514/1.A33441

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Other

Other

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    PHYS 6410 - Statistical Mechanics I, Fall 2020
    PHYS 1800 - Physics of Technology, Spring 2020
    PHYS 5500 - Intermediate Topics in Physics (Topic), Fall 2019
    PHYS 3500 - Topics in Physics (Topic), Fall 2019
    PHYS 3500 - Topics in Physics (Topic), Summer 2019
    PHYS 6530 - Solid State Physics I, Spring 2019
    PHYS 2500 - Introduction to Computer Methods in Physics, Fall 2018
    PHYS 1800 - Physics of Technology, Spring 2018
    PHYS 2500 - Introduction to Computer Methods in Physics, Fall 2017
    PHYS 6530 - Solid State Physics I, Spring 2017
    PHYS 2500 - Introduction to Computer Methods in Physics, Fall 2016
    PHYS 7500 - Advanced Topics in Physics (Topic), Fall 2015
    PHYS 3870 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory, Fall 2015
    PHYS 2500 - Introduction to Computer Methods in Physics, Fall 2015
    PHYS 6530 - Solid State Physics I, Spring 2015
    PHYS 3870 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory, Fall 2014
    PHYS 3870 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory, Fall 2013
    PHYS 3880 - Advanced Physics Laboratory, Spring 2013
    PHYS 2500 - Introduction to Computer Methods in Physics, Fall 2012
    PHYS 6970 - Thesis Research, Summer 2012
    PHYS 3870 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory, Fall 2011
    PHYS 2500 - Introduction to Computer Methods in Physics, Fall 2011
    PHYS 3880 - ADVANCED PHYSICS LAB (CI), Spring 2011
    PHYS 2500 - INTRO COMP METH PHYS, Spring 2011
    PHYS 7970 - Dissertation Research, Fall 2010
    PHYS 3870 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory, Fall 2010
    PHYS 2500 - Introduction to Computer Methods in Physics, Fall 2010

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Tom Keaton, Physics, August 2020
    Achal Duhoon, Physics, May 2020
    Matthew Robertson, Physics, August 2016
    Zack Gibson, Physics, August 2016
    Jodie Corbridge Gillespie, Physics, January 2014
    David Oliphant, Physics, September 2008
    Greg Wilson, Physics, August 2015 2021
    Phil Lundgreen, Physics, July 2017 - August 2020
    Jonh Decena, Physics, August 2018 - March 2019
    Allen Anderson, Physics, May 2012 - May 2018
    Justin Dekany, Physics, January 2012 - September 2016
    Amberly Evans Jensen, Physics, May 2012 - December 2014
    Alec Sim, Physics, September 2009 - December 2013
    Jodie Gillespie, Physics, December 2011 - November 2013
    Greg Wilson, Physics, May 2011 - August 2013
    Joshua Hodges, Physics, August 2011 - December 2012
    Ryan Hoffmann, September 2007 - August 2010
    Ryan Hoffmann, Physics, September 2006 - August 2010
    Jerilyn Brunson, September 2005 - October 2009
    Jason Kite, Physics, August 2000 - December 2007
    Prassanna Swaminathan, Electrical & Computer Engineering, September 2002 - August 2004
    Clint Thomson, Physics, May 2001 - March 2004
    Tim Doyle, Physics, September 2000 - December 2003
    Neal Nickles, Physics, September 1996 - August 2002
    Clint Thomson, Physics, September 1998 - April 2001
    Robert Davies, Physics, March 1996 - May 1999
    Robert Davies, Physics, September 1993 - February 1996
    Sang-Joon Lee, Physics, September 1993 - June 1995
    Wei Jaing, Physics, September 1992 - June 1995
    Teresa Burns, Physics, November 1988 - July 1994
    Huichen Chi, Physics, September 1990 - January 1993
    Prapassorn Tantiphanwadi, Physics, September 1991 - November 1992
    Tim Doyle, Physics, January 1989 - September 1991
    Torston Will, Physics, November 1988 - December 1990