A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Mark Yuly

Professor of Physics; Interim Area Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Dr. Yuly’s research interests include low and medium energy nuclear physics and small accelerator design. Dr. Yuly has co-authored several physics articles on his research, and has been a visiting scientist at MIT, the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) and SUNY Geneseo.

Professional Experience

2000-present Chairman, Department of Physics, Houghton College, Houghton, NY 14744.

2009-2013 Director, Science Honors Program, College, Houghton, NY 14744. Designed and implemented a novel science honors program for academically gifted first-year students.

2011-present Visiting Scientist, SUNY-Geneseo, Department of Physics, Geneseo, NY 14454.   Experiment measure 12C(n,2n) cross section for use in LLE and NIF ICF diagnostics.

2000-2011 Visiting Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Collaborator in the 3He(n,pp)nn, d(n,nd) and d(n,np)n experiments at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). 

2000 Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Participant in development and testing of drift chamber detectors for the Bates Large Acceptance Spectrometer Toroid (BLAST) detector system.

1999-2000 Associate Professor of Physics, Eastern Nazarene College.

1993-1999 Assistant Prof. of Physics, Northwest Nazarene College.

1987-1993 Research Assistant, Mass. Institute of Technology.


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993).  Thesis  “Inclusive Measurements of Pion Double Charge Exchange and Inelastic Scattering on 3He”.
  • B.S., Northwest Nazarene College (1987)

Teaching areas

Astronomy, introductory physics and lab, physics of music, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, experimental physics lab, engineering statics, science honors, and undergraduate research.

Scholarship interests

Low to medium energy nuclear physics. Design of small accelerators.

Awards and Achievements

2013 Invited Speaker, The Houghton College Cyclotron: A Tool for Educating Undergraduates,” 20th International Conference on Cyclotrons and their Applications, Vancouver, BC, Canada, September 16-20, 2013.

2013 Nuclear Weapons and Our Globalizing Century Japan Seminar, selected to participate from among CCCU member institutions, August 3-14, 2013.

2011 Houghton College Student Government Association Faculty Award
“…to recognize dedication to Houghton College… for deeply impacting the lives of students and providing students with positive role models.”

2006 Houghton College Excellence in Teaching Award.
“This award, sponsored by the Independent College Fund of New York and funded by the Energy East Foundation, supports undergraduate education by recognizing excellence in
teaching and by rewarding outstanding teachers.”

2003 Houghton College Presidents Innovation Award.
“For providing unusually rich and rewarding opportunities for students to participate in creative and collaborative learning … using a new paradigm for an on-campus sequence of laboratories which have provided the foundation for additional summer research projects on sub-atomic forces using the facilities of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.”


2011-present  Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Co-Principle Investigator, “Nuclear and Plasma Diagnostics for the EP-OMEGA Laser Systems and the NIF”

2005 Research Corporation.  “An experimental search for pre-existing nuclear D++ components using the 3He(n,2p) reaction”.

1996 Research Corporation. “Charge Symmetry Breaking in Pion-Deuteron Scattering”.

1996 Murdock Foundation. “Measurement of Neutron Inelastic Scattering Cross Sections on Materials of Interest in Contraband Detection”.

1995 National Science Foundation. “A Computerized Nuclear and Particle Physics Laboratory for Undergraduates”.

1994 Research Corporation. “Electro- and Photodisintegration of the Deuteron”.


M. Yuly, “The Houghton College Cyclotron: A Tool for Educating Undergraduates,” Proceedings of Cyclotrons 2013, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2013).

E. Ertan, T. Akdogan, M. B. Chtangeev, W. A. Franklin, P. A. M. Gram, M. A. Kovash, J. L. Matthews, and M. Yuly, “Cross sections for neutron-deuteron elastic scattering in the energy range 135–250 MeV,” Phys. Rev. C 87, 034003 (2013)

M. Yuly, J. Mittelstaedt, J. L. Matthews, E. R. Kinney, C. Maher, W. W. Sapp, T. Soos, and R. O. Owens, “Experimental Test of Virtual Photon Theory via Electrodisintegration and Photodisintegration of the Deuteron”, Phys. Rev. C 68, 014601 (2003).

M. Yuly, J. Mittelstaedt, E. R. Kinney, C. Maher, J. L. Matthews, W. W. Sapp, T. Soos, and R. O. Owens, “A Test of High-Energy Electron Bremsstrahlung Calculations”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 488, 262 (2002).

M. Yuly, “Positronium in the Undergraduate Laboratory”, American Journal of Physics 67, 880 (1999).

M. Yuly, W. Fong, E.R. Kinney, C.T. Maher, J.L. Matthews, T. Soos, J. Vail, M.Y. Wang, S.A. Wood, P.A.M. Gram, G.A. Rebka Jr., and D.A. Roberts, “Pion Double Charge Exchange and Inelastic Scattering on 3He”, Phys. Rev. C 55, 1848 (1997).

M. L. Dowell, W. Fong, J. L. Matthews, H. Park, M. Wang, M. E. Yuly, E. R. Kinney, P. A. M. Gram, D. A. Roberts, and G. A. Rebka, Jr., “Measurement of the 3H(p+, 3He) p0 differential cross section at Tp=142 MeV”, Phys. Rev. C 51, 1551 (1995).

L.D. Pham, E.J. Beise, R.A. Eisenstein, F.J. Federspiel, S. Hoibraten, A.M. Nathan, R.P. Redwine, D.R. Tieger, G. van der Steenhoven, K.E. Wilson, S.A. Wood, and M.E. Yuly, “The Exclusive 16O( g,p-p) Reaction in the D Resonance Region”, Phys. Rev. C 46, 621 (1992).

W.K. Hensley, E.A. Lepel, M.E. Yuly, and K.H. Abel, “Adaptation and Implementation of the RAYGUN Gamma-Ray Analysis Code on the IBM PC”, Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 124, 481 (1988).