Sally Hicks, PhD

Sally Hicks, Ph.D.

Professor, Physics

Sally Hicks, Ph.D., serves as a Professor Emerita of Physics at the University of Dallas and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Kentucky,  Her research is currently funded by the Department of Energy Nuclear Physics program (Grant DE-SC0021243) and allows her, along with University of Dallas students and research colleagues from the US Naval Academy, Mississippi State University and the University of Kentucky, to complete neutron scattering measurements on nuclei of interest for energy production and national security, as well as to help us better understand how neutrons interact with matter. This research has included many undergraduate students who have gone on to become scientists, engineers, high school teachers, medical professionals, and leaders in other occupations.

B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Eastern Kentucky University
M.S., Physics, University of Kentucky
Ph.D., Nuclear Physics, University of Kentucky

USNDP Nuclear Data Advisory Committee 2023-2024
Previews of the Future of Low-Energy Nuclear Physics Advisory Committee 2021-2022
Facilitator for APS Negotiation Workshops 
Past Chair, Texas Section of the American Physical Society March 2020-2021
Chair, Texas Section of the American Physical Society, March 2019-2020
Chair-Elect, Texas Section of the American Physical Society, March 2018-2019
Vice-Chair, Texas Section of the American Physical Society, March 2017-2018
Reviewer for the National Science Foundation - GRFP, MI, NP
Reviewer for the Department of Energy - NEUP, NE, NNSA, NP
Climate Reviewer for the American Physical Society
Program Review Physics independent

"Templates of expected measurement uncertainties for (n, xn) cross sections", J. R. Vanhoy et al., EPJ Nuclear Sci. Technol. 9, 31 (2023)

"Neutron elastic and inelastic scattering differential cross sections on carbon",  A. P. D. Ramirez et al., Nucl. Phys A 1023, 122446 (2022)

"Neutron elastic and inelastic cross section measurements on silicon from 0.8–8 MeV", A. P. D. Ramirez et al., Nucl. Phys. A 1024, 122474 (2022) h

"Nuclear structure of 130Te from inelastic neutron scattering and shell model analysis", S. F. Hicks et al., Phys. Rev C 105, 024329 (2022) 

Student Research Projects from Nuclear Structure and Neutron Scattering Investigations (Research Years) The following projects were supported by the NNSA/DOE, NEUP/DOE, NP/DOE and NSF.

  • Elizabeth Lyons, "Elastic and Inelastic Neutron Scattering for 12C at En=5.9, 6.1, and 7.0 MeV" (2017).
  • Elizabeth Derdeyn, "Elastic and Inelastic Neutron Scattering from Silicon," (2017).
  • Ted Morin, Elastic and Inelastic Neutron Scattering from Carbon and Silicon, (2017, no thesis).
  • Sarah Evans, “Neutron Elastic and Inelastic Scattering Cross Sections from nat,12C at 0.28 MeV, and 6.4 to 6.8 MeV” (2021)
  • Elizabeth Chouinard, “Determining Neutron Scattering Cross Sections of 12C” (2021).
  • Beemnet Alemayeh, "Neutron-Induced γ-ray Production on Li and F" (2018).
  • John Lowrie, "Analysis of Lithium Fluoride Gamma-ray Production Cross Sections" (2018).
  • Elizabeth Lyons, "Elastic and Inelastic Neutron Scattering for 12C at En=5.9, 6.1, and 7.0 MeV" (2017).
  • Elizabeth Derdeyn, "Elastic and Inelastic Neutron Scattering from Silicon," (2017).
  • Stephen T. Byrd, “Neutron Scattering Differential Cross Sections for 12C” (2016).
  • Steven Block, “Searching for scintillation detector drift through analysis of recoil spectra from neutrons scattered from 12C and γ-rays emitted from radioactive sources 137Cs, 60Co, and 241Am" (2016).

  • Matthew Nickel,“Neutron Scattering Differential Cross Sections for 12C from 5.58 to 6.04 MeV” (2016).
  • ThienAn Nguyen, "Studies of Neutron Scattering Monte Carlo Simulations to Determine Background Radiation Sources and Neutron Trajectories" (2015).


    Daniel Jackson, "MCNP Neutron "Simulations on the Effectiveness of the UKAL Scattering Pit and Vanadium Gamma-Ray Analysis" (2015).
  • Thaddeus Howard, "56Fe Inelastic Neutron Scattering Cross Sections Deduced from -Ray Production Cross Sections" (2014).
  • Robert Luke Pecha, "Determination of Decay Characteristics of 54Fe Excited Levels through Inelastic Neutron Scattering" (2014).
  • Samuel Henderson, Neutron Scattering Measurements on 54Fe at En=3.0 and 4.0 MeV, (2013).
  • Leslie Sidwell, "Neutron Scattering Measurements on 23Na at En=3.20 and 3.40 MeV", (2012-2013).
  • Brett Combs, Neutron Scattering Measurements on 23Na at En=3.20 and 3.57 MeV, (2012).
  • Jeff Schniederjan, "Gamma-ray Spectroscopy Measurements on 23Na," no thesis (2011).
  • Laura Downes, "Neutron Scattering Measurements on NatFe at En=3.19 MeV," no thesis (2011).
  • Jessie Girgis, "Neutron Scattering Measurements on NatFe at En=1.75 MeV," no thesis (2011).
  • Anthony Sigillito, "Neutron Scattering Measurements on 23Na and Normalization Tests," no thesis (2011).
  • Luke Kersting, "Neutron Elastic and Inelastic Scattering Studies of NatFe and 23Na at En= 3.57 MeV and 3.86 MeV." (2010)
  • Peter McDonough, "Testing Procedures and Detectors for Neutron Elastic and Inelastic Scattering Measurements", no thesis (2010).
  • Jeff Ellis, "Experimental Studies of 130Te", no thesis (2003).
  • J. C. Boehringer, "Decay Properties and State Lifetimes in 128Te from Inelastic Neutron Scattering" (2002).
  • Matthew Burns, "Nuclear Structure Study of 122Te through Inelastic Neutron Scattering" (2002).
  • Patrick Roddy, "Gamma-Ray Energy Calibrations and Detector Efficiencies for 126Te Studies", no thesis (2001).
  • Christopher Aubin, "Gamma-Gamma Coincidence Studies of the 122Te Nucleus", no thesis (2000).
  • Meghan M. Walbran, "Low-Energy Excited Levels of 122Te through Gamma-ray Spectroscopy Following Inelastic Neutron Scattering (1999).
  • Beth Sklaney, "Electromagnetic Transition Rates and Multi-phonon Excitations Observed in the Cerium-140 Nucleus (1999).
  • Gary Alexander, "Lifetimes of 122Te Excited Levels Using the Doppler-Shift Attenuation Method, (1998).
  • Corey Collard, "Analyses of  Gamma-ray Transitions from 122Te Excited Levels, (1998).
  • Steve Etzkorn, "Decay Properties and Lifetimes of States in 124Te from (n,n'g) Reaction Studies ", (1997).
  • Peter Burkett, "Te-124 Experimental Studies", no thesis (1997)
  • Christopher Davoren, "Natural Te Experimental Studies", no thesis (1995 & 1996).
  • William Faulkner, "Electromagnetic Transition Rates Observed in the Stable Te Isotopes" (1995).
  • Carl Lundstedt, "Aiding in the Determining of the Excited States of 142-Ce Through the Use of Fortran Programming", (1993).
  • Suzanne Maska, "Data Reduction and Analysis", no thesis (1992).
  • Christopher J. Bennett, "A Study of Calibration Techniques and the Relative Yields of Escape Peaks in 152-Eu and 56-Co", (1992).
  • Eric Meier, "Inelastic Neutron Scattering on 140-Ce and 142-Ce", (1991)

Other Student Theses Supervised (Graduation Years)

  • Margaret McDonough, Texas A and M University, "Installation and Commission of TAMUTRAP through the Mass Measurement of Stable Isotopes" (2021)
  • Tessa Rosenberger, REU College of Wooster, "One-way Aeromechanical Array" (2019)
  • Peter Chang, REU University of Texas, "Critical Coupling in Polaritonic Metasurfaces," (2019).
  • Sophia Andaloro, REU University of Arkansas, "Fraunhofer Diffraction of Laguerre-Gaussian Vortex Beams Carrying Equal and Opposite Angular Momentum," (2019).
  • Francis Cavanna, REU Sante Fe Institute, "Theoretical and Computational Ising Model Studies: Work and Time Costs of Information Erasure," (2018).
  • MacKenzie Warrens, REU UCLA, "Construction of an Ex Vacuo Ion Trap" (2017).
  • Joe Archer, REU University of Notre Dame, "Mapping the Non-Equilibrium Vortex Lattice Dynamics of MgB2," (2017).
  • Matthew Fournier, REU Baylor University, "Characterizing a Low Earth Orbit Dust Detector," (2017).
  • Mary Zischkau, SULI at NIST "Next Generation Manometer: Designing a Speed of Sound Apparatus for the NIST Oil Ultrasonic Interferometer Manometer, Research conducted at NIST (2016).
  • Michael Hoff, REU Baylor University, "Charging and Interaction of Two-Particle System within a Glass Box Immersed in a Low-Vacuum Argon Plasma, " Research conducted through the REU program at Baylor University (2015).
  • Jack Bredemann,  "Using RPC Data to Assist CSC Data when Dealing with Pt Assignment," Research conducted through the REU program at the University of Florida (2014).
  • Elizabeth Sizemore, "Methodologies for Analyzing Motion Data in Humans," Research with Dr. Stephen Slaughter University of Dallas (2014).
  • Mary Catalano, "Identifying Inertial Modes in a Hide-Titman Flow" (2011).
  • Zofia Kaminski, "Particle Tracking of Fluorescent Microspheres" (2011).
  • Christen Racciato, "Crystallization of Germanium for Use in Solar Cells" (2011).
  • Anthony Sigillito, "The Design and Fabrication of Bismuth Hall Effect Biosensors" (2011).
  • Natalie Weisse, "Expression and Manipulation of AquaporinZ in vitro Using the Cell Free System" (2011).
  • Peter McDonough, "Iridium Satellite Signal Exploitation" (2010).
  • Monica Lacy, "Improvements in Positron Accumulation Technique at ATRAP" (2010).
  • Annette Borchard, "East Antarctic Ice Sheets: Potential for Sub-Glacial Water Based on Temperature Modeling" (2009).
  • Joseph Gilpin, "Influence of Magnetic Molecules on Electron Spin Scattering in InAs as Seen in Its Low Temperature Magnetoresistance" (2009).
  • David E. Solis, "The Effect of a Nematic Liquid Crystal Environment on the Alignment of the Conductive Polymer MEH-PPV as a Function of Polymer Chain Length" (2008).
  • Gregory Robert Knutsen, "The structure of the Metal Transporter Tp34 and its Affinity for Divalent Metal Ions" (2008).
  • William Spearman, "Testing Edgeless Planar Detectors" (2008).
  • Eric Pepin, "Interaural Coherence and Localization" (2007).
  • Bridget McEwen, "Using Seismology to Map and Characterize the Glacial Bed in the Onset Region of Ice Stream D, West Antarctica" (2007).
  • Kristi Michels, "The 27Al(p,)28Si Reaction(2006).
  • Maria Bellon, Stabilizing the Frequency of an InGaAs/AlGaAs Laser Module (2005)
  • Levente Borvak, Neutron/Gamma-ray Pulse Shape Discrimination Using a PSD Circuit (2004).
  • Stephanie Wissel, Skymaps for GALPROP Simulations of VHE Gamma Rays (2004).
  • Janessa Bechtel, "Losses in SRF Cavities" (2003).
  • Genevieve Wing, "Diffusion in the Presence of Adsorption in Organic Aerogels" (2003).
  • Claire Nerbun, "Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy and Deconvolution Analysis" (2002).
  • Brenda Martin, Insertion Complexes with Methyl-b-Cyclodextrin with Alkane Chains Confined in an Isolated Droplet of Water (2001).
  • Shelly Wark, "Sensitive Laser Detection of Environmental Pollutants" (2001).
  • Elizabeth A. Reisinger, "Investigation of the Fundamental and Higher Order Modes of the APS Storage Ring Single Cell Cavity",(1993).
  • Patricia Suzanne Maska, "Development of Elastic Surfaces for Optical Estimation of Cell Traction Forces", (1992).
  • John Bauer, "Preliminary Results from a Search for a Superdeformed State in 188-Hg", (1990).