Kam-Biu Luk, Professor

Closed (1) Neutrino Physics

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Neutrino is a sub-atomic particle that was thought to be massless. Recently, a new phenomenon called neutrino oscillation, a transformation of one type of neutrino to another kind, has been discovered in experiments. These important findings imply that neutrinos have mass and they can mix among themselves. Neutrino oscillations are described by six fundamental parameters that must be determined experimentally.

My team is involved in the Daya Bay reactor antineutrino experiment that discovered a new kind of neutrino oscillation in 2012, and DUNE, a new neutrino experiment designed to search for CP violation in neutrino oscillation. In addition to data analysis and simulation, we are also researching new instrumentation, especially Time Projection Chambers, for future experiments.

The undergraduate students will participate in characterizing detectors, simulation and data analysis. Through the involvement, the students will learn how to apply their knowledge in solving unfamiliar problems, learn physics that is not addressed in class, and different kinds of skill. Due to COVID-19, there may not be any in-lab activity until further notice.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Cheng-Ju Lin, Callum Wilkinson, Dan Dwyers, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Openings exist for student participation in the design, development and testing of detectors. Students would have the opportunity to learn hardware and software tools commonly used in nuclear, particle physics, and cosmology. Junior or senior physics majors with an interest in laboratory work are needed. Some familiarity with electronics and/or programming on UNIX/LINUX and C++/Python is highly desirable.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: Physics Division, LBNL