Summer students 2017

This year’s summer students are almost all here:  Duke students John Franklin Crenshaw, Newton Kwan, Ji Won Park, Eric Segerberg, and TQ Zhang, TUNL REU student Cynthia Nunez from Florida, NCSSM student Enzo Niebuhr, and incoming grad student Adryanna Smith.  Welcome all!

John Franklin Crenshaw Undergraduate Student

John Franklin CrenshawUndergraduate Student

Newton Kwan Undergraduate Student

Newton KwanUndergraduate Student

Enzo Niebuhr Visiting Student

Enzo NiebuhrVisiting Student

Cynthia Nunez Visiting Undergraduate Student

Cynthia NunezVisiting Undergraduate Student

 Adryanna Smith Graduate Student

Adryanna Smith Graduate Student

 Tianqing Zhang Undergraduate Student

Tianqing ZhangUndergraduate Student

 Eric Segerberg Undergraduate Student

Eric Segerberg Undergraduate Student

Zepeng Li Passes Ph.D. Thesis Defense

New Dr. Zepeng Li successfully defended his thesis, “Measurement of Tau Neutrino Appearance and Charged-current Tau Neutrino Cross Section with Atmospheric Neutrinos in Super-Kamiokande” today.    Congratulations, Zepeng!


Justin Raybern receives SCGSR award

Justin Raybern was selected to received a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award for work on “COHERENT CEvNS at the SNS” at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Congratulations, Justin!



The COHERENT collaboration aims to measure CEvNS (Coherent Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering) using the high-quality pion-decay-at-rest neutrino source at the Spallation Neutron Source in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The SNS provides an intense flux of neutrinos in the few tens-of-MeV range, with a sharply-pulsed timing structure that is beneficial for background rejection. The CEvNS process is cleanly predicted in the Standard Model and its measurement provides a Standard Model test; furthermore, the process is involved in supernova explosion processes and supernova neutrino detection. It also represents a background floor for dark matter direct detection. In the long term, precision measurement of CEvNS will address questions of nuclear structure. We aim to deploy multiple detector technologies in a phased approach.