Ronald Poling

man with red sweater vest and glasses

Ronald "Ron" Poling

Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


Physics And Nanotechnology Building
Room 242
115 Union St. Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1981 

M.A., University of Rochester, 1978 

B.S., State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, 1976 

Professional Background

Member DOE Office of High Energy Physics Committee of Visitors, 2007

Vice Chair and Chair of APS Tanaka Prize Committee, 2006-2007

Principal Investigator, University of Minnesota DOE HEP grant, 1994-2007

Member NSF LHC/ATLAS Review Panel, 2006

Member of Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee, 1999-2003

Consultant for DOE reviews of SLAC (1998, 1999, 2005) and MIT/Bates (2001), review panels for university HEP groups

Member of the HEPAP Subpanel on the Future of High Energy Physics, 1997-1998

Spokesperson of CLEO Collaboration, 1995-1997

Scientific & Professional Societies

Fellow, American Physical Society
Research Interests

Production and decay of heavy-quark states in electron-positron annihilations. We use the CLEO III detector at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) to study the properties of particles composed of b and c quarks. Our specific focus is testing the Standard Model of quarks and leptons, primarily by making precise determinations of its parameters. In addition to contributing to current theoretical progress, these studies are laying the foundation for understanding CP violation and other mysteries of particle physics. With the great success of the asymmetric B factories at KEK and SLAC, we are now proposing to use CLEO III and CESR for intensive studies of charmed particles near threshold and for sensitive probes of strong-interaction phenomena. If approved, the CLEO-c project will run through 2005. Beyond that, our group plans to continue studies of the Standard Model with b quarks at the Fermilab Tevatron with the BTeV experiment.

Honors and Awards

Western New York Pioneers of Science Award, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Institute, 2011

Fellow, American Physical Society, 1998

Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award of the University at Buffalo, 1998

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1988-1992

University of Minnesota Institute of Technology Outstanding Instructor Award, 1991

National Merit Scholar, 1973-1976

Selected Publications

K. Chadwick et al. (CLEO collaboration), Decay of b-flavored Hadrons to Single-Muon and Dimuon Final States, Phys. Rev. Lett. 46, 88 (1981)

T.K. Pedlar et al., Measurement of B(D_S^+ --> ell^+ nu) and the Decay Constant f_D_{S^+}, Phys. Rev. (2007)

S.B. Athar et al., Search for Radiative Decays of Upsilon(1S) into eta and eta', Phys. Rev. (2007)

D. Besson et al., “Measurement of the Total Hadronic Cross Section in e+e- Annihilations below 10.56 GeV,”, Phys. Rev. (2007)

J.L. Rosner et al., Measurement of upper limits for Upsilon ->gamma+R decays, Phys. Rev. (2007)

S. Dobbs et al., “Measurement of Absolute Hadronic Branching Fractions of D Mesons and Cross Sections at the (3770),”, Phys. Rev. (2007)

R. Balest et al. (CLEO collaboration), Inclusive Decays of B Mesons to Charmonium, Phys. Rev. D52, 2661 (1995)

R. Fulton et al. (CLEO collaboration), Observation of B-Meson Semileptonic Decays to Noncharmed Final States, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 16 (1990)

J. Bartelt et al. (CLEO collaboration), Measurement of Charmless Semileptonic Decays of B Mesons, Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 4111 (1993)

B. Barish et al. (CLEO collaboration), Measurement of the B Semileptonic Branching Fraction with Lepton Tags, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 1570 (1996)