David Gore - Directory - Christopher Newport University


David Gore

Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering

David Gore


Luter Hall 309
(757) 594-7827


  • Ph D in Physics, University of Alabama
  • MS in Physics, University of Alabama
  • BS in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


General Relativity, Accelerator Physics, Optics


Throughout the 1980s, Dr. Gore taught astronomy for School District 54 near Chicago, IL using their 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and StarLab planetarium. In the late 1980's, he also worked at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on the D-Zero experiment which co-discovered the top quark with CDF. While pursuing his Ph.D. in x-ray optics, he worked on a sounding rocket payload at NASA/MSFC that was launched from White Sands, NM which took images of the Sun in the extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray wavelengths meant to study the temperature structure of the Sun's upper atmosphere.

Dr. Gore's first job following graduate school was with Zygo Corporation working on the acousto-optically modulated and Zeeman split lasers at the heart of their nanometer-accuracy distance measurement tools. In the early 2000's, he moved to the Advanced Photon Source to work on the hard x-ray optics and associated automation and data collection equipment required to investigate biological systems with synchrotron radiation. During that time, he also lead tours of the electron accelerator facility and began his teaching career at Illinois Institute of Technology.

In the Fall of 2011, Dr. Gore took a lecturer position at CNU where he continues to teach all levels of the physics curricula: from non-majors to the basic and advanced undergraduate sequences to graduate students. He is currently pursuing a more theory-driven research path in General Relativity and hopes to be able to incorporate students into that research in the near future.

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