The Next Step

I’m off to Syracuse University! I’ll be starting as an assistant professor this August. It’s a great department, I can continue my work with NOvA and DUNE, and I’ll start teaching in the spring. If you know a prospective grad student or postdoc who’s interested in experimental neutrino physics, send them my way!

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CERN Visit

I’m looking forward to seeing CERN again during the DUNE collaboration meeting. It’s been a while! I wonder how much has changed and who I’ll run into from my ATLAS days. It would be cool if I could squeeze in a trip to Geneva or Ferney, too. It’s going to be a busy meeting, though. Finally get to share the latest findings from our liquid argon and xenon-doping tests!

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Baby Loves Physics!

Oh! I have to share. I just found these at a bookstore on my recent trip to Fermilab. At 10 months Rosie’s still a little young for the narrative but the illustrations are lovely and they’re fun for me to read. She’ll be able to follow the words before long, though, and the author has done a marvellous job writing about quarks and rocketry. I hope there are more on the horizon. Maybe “Baby Loves Neutrinos!”

Baby Loves Quarks book cover image     Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering book cover image

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Faculty Search

I’m having fun putting together my application materials for this year’s round of open faculty positions. I’m feeling quite proud of my research with NOvA and DUNE and the accomplishments of the students I’ve been working with. This is an exciting time for long-baseline neutrino physics and I hope I can convey that to the search committees. It’s been my goal since undergrad to conduct physics research and teach advanced topics to the highest level students. There are several opportunities out there this year that would be a perfect match. Wish me luck. Here we go!

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The Neutrino Cocktail

Wow, this is a really great write-up of neutrino mixing and what we’re after with our long-baseline experiments. Check it out: http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/the-neutrino-cocktail

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Visit to Northwestern U.

Just got back from a great trip to Northwestern. Thanks to the folks up there for inviting me to share our recent results on liquid argon scintillation and light guide photon detector development. It was a great exercise for getting my job talk together and a great opportunity for some fruitful discussions. I was particularly interested in the work that Eric Dahl is doing with PICO for dark matter detection with bubble chambers. It’s pretty neat that such an old technology is still so relevant. Now I want to explore using one as a neutral current neutrino interaction detector in front of one of the near detectors at Fermilab! I also had a great chat with Andre de Govia and his grad students Kevin and Jeff. They’ve gotten me quite interested in the state of tau neutrino appearance at DUNE, something which surprisingly does not seem to be a hot topic yet. So now I have several more projects that I’d like to tackle when I’m junior faculty with my own program. Advice to self: Lots to choose from… so choose carefully!

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New Papers

Happy New Year! I have papers to share! My paper on the liquid argon scintillation structure is just about through the publication process with JINST (we just submitted our minor changes), and I just okayed the proofs on my LIDINE conference proceedings. Pretty cool. Here are the arXiv links for now.

Scintillation Light from Cosmic-Ray Muons in Liquid Argon
http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.1763

Photon Detection System Designs for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment
http://arxiv.org/abs/1511.06345

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