Michael CherryCherry

Roy P. Daniels Professor of Physics

Ph.D., 1978 - University of Chicago

Louisiana State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
343-D Nicholson Hall, Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001
(225) 578-8591-Office

Research Group

Chris Adams (cadam95@lsu.edu)
Edward Brooks (ebroo23@lsu.edu)
Nick Cannady (nick.cannady@gmail.com)
Brad Ellison (ellison@phunds.phys.lsu.edu)
Doug Granger (granger@phunds.phys.lsu.edu)
Jonah Hoffman (jhh451@gmail.com)
DJ Pleshinger (dplesh2@lsu.edu)
Brianna Robertson (brobe86@lsu.edu)
Deirdre Smith (dsm1229@lsu.edu)
Jill Trepanier (jtrepa3@lsu.edu)

Terrestrial Gamma Flashes - TGF and Energetic Thunderstorm Rooftop Array 

photo: tgf event


  • Observation of Gamma Rays at Ground Level Associated with Nearby Thunderstorms, R. Ringuette et al., J. Geophysical Res: Space Phys. 118, 7841 (2013). Article.
  • Gamma-rays Associated with Nearby Thunderstorms at Ground Level, R. Ringuette et al., Proc. XV Intl. Conf. on Atmospheric Electricity, Norman, June 2014. Article.


High Energy Cosmic Rays and Gamma Rays - CALET

photo: calet

The CALorimeteric Electron Telescope (CALET):

  • CALET Upper Limits on X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Counterparts of GW 151226, O. Adriani et al., Astrophysical Journal Letters, 829: L20 (2016). Article.
  • Energy Calibration of CALET Onboard the International Space Station, Y. Asaoka et al., Astroparticle Physics 91, 1 (2017). Article. 
  • “Energy Spectrum of Cosmic Ray Electron + Positron from 10 GeV to 3 TeV Observed with the Calorimetric Electron Telescope on the International Space Station”, O. Adriani et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 181101 (2017). Article
  • “Multi-Messenger Observations of a Binary Neutron Star Merger”, B.P. Abbott et al. (LIGO Scientific Collaboration, VIRGO Collaboration, and Partner Astronomy Groups), Astrophys. J. Lett. 848:L12 (2017). Article
  • “High Energy Gamma-Ray Observations Using the CALorimetric Electron Telescope”, N. Cannady et al., Proc. Intl. Cosmic Ray Conf., Busan, to be published (2017).

Transition Radiation Detectors/Small Angle Spectrometer at LHC (SAS

  • Measurements of the Frequency Spectrum of Transition Radiation, M.L. Cherry and D. Muller, Phys. Rev. Letters 38, 5 (1977). Article.
  • Measurements of the Spectrum and Energy Dependence of X-Ray Transition Radiation, M.L. Cherry, Phys. Rev. D 17, 2245 (1978). Article.
  • Compton Scattered Transition Radiation from Very High Energy Particles, M.L. Cherry and G.L. Case, Astroparticle Physics 18, 629 (2003). Article.
  • Measurements of Compton Scattered Transition Radiation at High Lorentz Factors, G.L. Case et al., Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 524, 257 (2004). Article.
  • Measuring the Lorentz Factors of Energetic Particles with Transition Radiation, M.L.Cherry, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. in Phys. Res. A 706, 39 (2013). Article.
  • Preliminary TRD simulations for Forward Scattering Experiment, M.L. Cherry, Small Angle Spectrometer at LHC Workshop, CERN, Oct. 2015. Article.

Gamma Ray Burst Monitor (GBM)

  • Observations of V0332+53 during the 2015 Outburst using Fermi/GBM, MAXI, Swift, and INTEGRA. Z.Baum et al; MNRAS 467, 4424 (2017). Article.
  • Kepler K2 Observations of Sco X-1: Orbital Modulations and Correlations with Fermi GBM and MAXI, R.I. Hynes et al., MNRAS 459, 3596 (2016). Article.
  • Earth occultation imaging of the low energy gamma-ray sky with GBM, J. Rodi et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics 562, 7, 2014 and arXiv:1304.1478. Article.
  • Long term variability of Cygnus X-1. V. State definitions with all sky monitor, V. Grinberg et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics 554, 88, 2013.  Article.
  • Three years of Fermi GBM Earth Occultation Monitoring: Observations of Hard X-ray/Soft Gamma-Ray Sources, C. A. Wilson-Hodge et al., Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 201, 133, 2012. Article.
  • First Results from Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor Earth Occultation Monitoring: Observations of Soft Gamma-ray Sources Above 100 keV, G. L. Case et al., Astrophysical Journal 729, 105, 2011. Article
  • When a Standard Candle Flickers, C. A. Wilson-Hodge et al., Astrophysical Journal 727, L40, 2011. Article

Emulsion Experiments

High energy cosmic rays - JACEE (Japanese-American Cooperative Emulsion Experiment)

Nucleus-nucleus interactions - Krakow-Louisiana-Minnesota (KLM) collaboration.

  • Particle Production in Interactions of 200 GeV/Nucleon Oxygen and Sulfur Nuclei in Nuclear Emulsion, A. Dabrowska et al., Phys. Rev. D 47, 1751 (1993). Article.
  • Fragmentation and Multifragmentation of 10.6 A GeV Gold Nuclei, M.L. Cherry et al., Phys. Rev. C 52, 2652 (1995).Article.
  • High Multiplicity Lead-Lead Interactions at 158 GeV/nucleon, P. Deines-Jones et al., Phys. Rev. C 53, 3044 (1996). Article. 
  • Automated Track Recognition and Event Reconstruction in Nuclear Emulsion, P. Deines-Jones et al., Nucl. Instrum. Meth. in Physics Research A 390, 219 (1997). Article.
  • Cosmic Ray Proton and Helium Spectra - Results from the JACEE Experiment, K. Asakimori et al., Astrophysical Journal 502, 278 (1998). Article.
  • Charged Particle Production in the Pb+Pb System at 158 GeV/c per Nucleon, P. Deines-Jones et al., Phys. Rev. C 62, 014903 (2000).Article.

Solar Neutrinos-SAGE (Russian-American Gallium Experiement)

  • Measurement of the Solar Neutrino Capture Rate by SAGE and Implications for Neutrino Oscillations in Vacuum, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 4686 (1999). Article.
  • Measurement of the Solar Neutrino Capture rate with Gallium Metal, Phys. Rev. C60, 055801 (1999). Article.
  • Measurement of the Response of the Russian-American Gallium Experiment to Neutrinos from a 51Cr Source,Phys. Rev. C 59, 2246 (1999). Article.
  • The Russian-American Gallium Experiment (SAGE) Cr neutrino Source Measurement, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 4708 (1996). Article.
  • Results from SAGE (The Russian-American Gallium Solar Neutrino Experiment), Phys. Lett. B 328, 234 (1994). Article.
  • Search for Neutrinos from the Sun Using the Reaction 71Ga(n,e-)71Ge, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 3332 (1991). Article.


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