About Me


My name is Dr Sam Henry. I am a Detector Development Scientist in the Particle Physics sub-department at Oxford University and a Physics Lecturer at Hertford College. My job involves developing particle detectors and related gadgets for experiments tackling fundamental questions in science. I am now working on the upgrade of the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. I also run outreach activities, demonstrating the fun of doing experiments to schoolchildren and the general public.

My science career began as a graduate student on the CRESST dark matter search. After getting my doctorate, I spent a year living in rural Italy and running the deep underground experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Abruzzo. I subsequently worked on a project to study the neutron at the Institut Laue-Langevin nuclear reactor in Grenoble, France, and carried out geomagnetic experiments, monitoring space weather in the tunnels of the Laboratoire Souterrain Ă  Bas Bruit in Provence. I started a research effort at Oxford to develop a calibration magnetometer for the muon g-2 experiment, at Fermilab in the USA.

At public events like Stargazing Oxford, the Oxfordshire Science Festival, and ATOM Festival, I am usually found at the particle physics outreach stall, enthusing about fundamental science with Lego bricks and soft toys. I am now planning a popular science book about my adventures at underground laboratories around the world. I am available to give public talks on Deep Underground Science.