Mike Mehlman
Mike S. Mehlman, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Menlo Park

Dr. Mehlman is an applied physicist whose expertise spans the disciplines of physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science, with special emphasis on prototype development and debugging. He has experience with high voltage electrical systems, ultra-high vacuum (UHV) equipment, ion beam transport, radiation detection, thermal infrared detectors, and rapid prototyping.

At Texas A&M University, Dr. Mehlman developed a novel radio frequency quadrupole ion trap for the study of the weak interaction via beta-decay experiments. His work on this project involved theoretical modelling of the experiment and decays of interest, mechanical and electrical design of the apparatus, implementation of a LabVIEW-based software control system, and construction and characterization of the completed device. Prior work at Seek Thermal related to the development of consumer level micro-bolometer thermal infrared detectors included designing experiments to test mechanical assemblies and developing tools for aligning infrared optics. 

Dr. Mehlman is proficient in numerous programming languages including LabVIEW, C/C++/Java, and Python. He has experience with Monte Carlo simulations, and data acquisition and analysis. In addition, Dr. Mehlman is skilled in various CAD programs including SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor, and has a background in rapid prototyping and 3D printing.


  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, Texas A&M University, 2015
  • M.S., Physics, Texas A&M University, 2012
  • B.S., Physics, Rice University, 2009
  • B.A., Philosophy, Rice University, 2009


Mehlman M, et al. Status of the TAMUTRAP facility, and initial characterization of the RFQ cooler/buncher. Hyperfine Interactions 2015; 0304–3843.

Shidling PD, et al. Precision half-life measurement of the beta decay of 37K. Physical Review C 2014; 90:032501.

Melconian D, et al. Progress towards precision measurements of beta-decay correlation parameters using atom and ion traps. PoS X LASNPA 2014; 010.

Mehlman M, et al. Design of a unique open-geometry cylindrical Penning trap. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 2013; 712:0168–9002.

Zhao L, et al. Thermodynamic and transport properties of RSn2 (R=Tb-Tm, Lu, Y) single crystals. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 2013; 341:0304–8853.

Kohley Z, et al. Sensitivity of intermediate mass fragment flows to the symmetry energy. Physical Review C 2012; 85–064605.

Marini P, et al. Constraining the symmetry term in the nuclear equation of state at subsaturation densities and finite temperatures. Physical Review C 2012; 85:034617.

Kohley Z, et al. Transverse collective flow and midrapidity emission of isotopically identified light charged particles. Physical Review C 2011; 83:044601.

Kohley Z, et al. Intermediate mass fragment flow as a probe to the nuclear equation of state. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 2011; 312:082030.

Kohley Z, et al. Investigation of transverse collective flow of intermediate mass fragments. Physical Review C 2010; 82:064601.


Mehlman M. Current status of the TAMUTRAP facility. Trapped Charged Particle Conference 2014, Takamatsu, Japan, December 2014.

Mehlman M. Introducing the TAMUTRAP facility. Texas Section APS, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, October 2014.

Mehlman M. Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute and the TAMUTRAP Facility. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA, August 2012 (invited).

Mehlman M. Texas A&M Penning Trap facility—Program for the study of the fundamental weak interaction (TAMUTRAP). CIPANP 2012, St. Petersburg, FL, June 2012.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the American Physical Society

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry