Matthew Epland

I am a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Physics at Duke University working on experimental particle physics in the ATLAS experiment.

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ATLAS Experiment

Qualification Task: "Collaborate on the 2015 gamma+jet AkT10-t JES calibration, adding an R_trk study of the correlation between JES and calo JMS. Annotated code and an internal note should allow easy extension to other large-R jets. Matt will implement the correlation matrix in the uncertainty provider and document it."

In plain English, I am creating data-driven calibrations of the energy scale for large-radius jets, then finding their correlation. This is a year long qualification task that is a part of the authorship process in ATLAS.



Spring 2016 Laboratory Teaching Assistant for PHYSICS 271L: Electronics

Course Description: Elements of electronics including circuits, transfer functions, solid-state devices, transistor circuits, operational amplifier applications, digital circuits, and computer interfaces.

Fall 2015 Laboratory Teaching Assistant for PHYSICS 152L: Introductory Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics

Course Description: Intended principally for students in engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include: electric charge, electric fields, Gauss's Law, potential, capacitance, electrical current, resistance, circuit concepts, magnetic fields, magnetic and electric forces, Ampere's Law, magnetic induction, Faraday's Law, inductance, Maxwell's Equations, electromagnetic waves, elementary geometric optics, wave interference, and diffraction.


I am available to tutor a few Duke undergraduate students each semester. In the past I have worked with students enrolled in PHYSICS 141/2 and PHYSICS 151/2, but am able to tutor for any lower division physics or mathematics courses. I prefer to schedule regular weekly sessions with students, meeting weeknights on campus.

If you are a student interested in tutoring, please email me at:


Numerical Methods and the Dampened, Driven Pendulum
: A study of the dampened, driven pendulum using the Euler-Cromer and Rung-Kutta methods to investigate resonance, nonlinear behavior, and chaos.

Dielectric Sphere
: Electric fields due to a dielectric sphere with a point charge at the origin in a constant external Ez field.
Dielectric Sphere Plotting Code: Plain text Mathematica code to create the above plots. You must provide your own Er(r) function!