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!
Undergrads John Franklin Crenshaw, Newton Kwan, Ji Won Park, and Eric Segerberg all presented posters at the annual Physics Department annual poster session. Nice work, all! And congrats to Ji Won, 2nd poster prize winner.
Ji Won Park successfully defended her senior thesis on dependence of atmospheric seeing on wavelength for LSST, and will graduate with High Distinction. Congratulations, Ji Won!
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 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.
The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment /Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (DUNE/LBNF) will send a beam of neutrinos 1300 km from Fermilab to a large liquid argon detector underground in South Dakota to explore neutrino oscillations. It will also hunt for a burst of supernova neutrinos and search for nucleon decay.
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project is a giant survey telescope that will be located in Chile and is designed to make a three
dimensional survey of the entire visible sky. The LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration will examine billions of galaxies and try to determine the nature of the mysterious “Dark Energy” which is unaccountably causing the universe to be pushed apart at a faster and faster rate.
The LSST will open a whole new field of observational cosmology by collecting an unprecedented amount of data and addressing some of the most fundamental questions we have about space-time including the nature of gravity, dark energy, dark matter and inflation. In 2010 a panel convened by the National Research Council for the National Academy of Sciences ranked LSST as its top priority for the next large ground-based astronomical facility. LSST will survey the entire visible sky with a level detail and distance that has never been achieved before
Erin Conley, AJ Roeth and Kate Scholberg do some DUNE supernova code hacking at Fermilab, January 9-11, 2017.