Christopher Benson
Christopher Benson
Associate
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Menlo Park

Dr. Benson is an experimental physicist with a background in mechanical engineering whose expertise covers high voltage systems, high-power devices, electric motors, detector calibration, extreme ultraviolet optics, wavelength shifting thin films, and detailed Monte Carlo simulations. His experience at Exponent includes failure analysis, testing, and instrumentation of consumer electronic devices and systems.

Dr. Benson received a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley with a focus on experimental searches for high-mass dark matter particles using terrestrial detectors. As a graduate student, he played an important role in the construction, commissioning, and data analysis efforts of a single-phase liquid argon dark matter experiment located at SNOLAB. He also led a detailed measurement of the absolute quantum efficiency and other important microphysical optical properties of tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) thin films – a technology critical to several current and future dark matter and neutrino detectors.

Prior to graduate school, Dr. Benson was a mechanical engineer in the Enterprise Strategic Growth (ESG) group at The Boeing Company. He assisted with the development and execution of proof-of-concept experiments aimed at testing high-risk/high-reward technological concepts to develop long-term strategic advantages in emerging commercial opportunities. Dr. Benson’s contributions to ESG projects led to 7 patents where he is listed as an inventor.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • M.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • B.S., Physics, Texas A&M University, 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012

Publications

Benson CP, Orebi Gann GO, Gehman V. Measurements of the intrinsic quantum efficiency and absorption length of tetraphenyl butadiene thin films in the vacuum ultraviolet regime. European Physics Journal C; 2018 78:329.

Presentations and Published Abstracts

Benson CP, Orebi Gann GO, Gehman V. Measurements of the intrinsic quantum efficiency and reemission spectrum of tetraphenyl butadiene thin films in the vacuum ultraviolet regime. Oral presentation, Light Detection in Liquid Nobel Experiments (LIDINE) Conference, SLAC 2017.

Benson CP on behalf of the MiniCLEAN Collaboration. Informing next generation dark matter and neutrino detectors with MiniCLEAN. Oral presentation, Light Detection in Liquid Nobel Experiments (LIDINE) Conference, SLAC 2017.

Benson CP on behalf of the MiniCLEAN Collaboration. Informing next generation dark matter and neutrino detectors using MiniCLEAN and wavelength shifter research and development. Oral presentation. American Physical Society, April Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 2016.

Benson CP. Tooling and methods used in fabrication and calibration of capacitive stress transducers used in model dipole magnets. Oral Presentation. Cryogenic Engineering Conference, Spokane, WA, 2011.

Patents

US Patent 9, 553, 528: Motor control for stability and power supply protection, January 2017 (Benson CP, Cameron DC).

US Patent 9, 520, 816: Electric motor signature reduction system, December 2016 (Benson CP, Zeng P, Cameron DC).

US Patent 9, 318, 991: Electric motor frequency modulation system, April 2016, (Benson CP, Cameron DC, Zeng P).

US Patent 9, 240, 740: Active voltage controller for an electric motor, January 2016, (Zeng P, Benson CP, Cameron DC).

US Patent 9, 164, 497: Reluctance motor system, October 2015 (Cameron DC, Benson CP).

US Patent 9, 130, 494: Electric motor phase control system, September 2015, (Benson CP, Cameron DC).

US Patent Application US20150115108A1: Aircraft electric motor system, October 2013 (Benson CP, Quadracci LJ, Cameron DC).

Prior Experience

Mechanical Engineer, The Boeing Company, 2012-2013

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • M.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • B.S., Physics, Texas A&M University, 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012