Mentor: Dr. Heather Ray
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I've been fascinated by physics since I was 10 years old, enthralled by the mysteries of the universe, and even more so by the success of mathematics and physics at providing insight into these unknowns. Particle physics struggles with the deepest questions the universe has to offer, and I jumped at the chance to offer my service to this noble cause."
- Particle Physics
- Theoretical Physics
Hobbies and Interests
Charged Current Neutrino Interactions in Cryogenic Helium
MINERvA is a neutrino detector designed for precision neutrino-nucleus cross section measurements. Experiments have shown that the cross section for neutrino nucleon interactions changes depending on if the nucleon is free or bound to a nucleus, and as a function of atomic number. This indicates non trivial nuclear effects in the nucleon distribution within the nucleus, and the quarks which make up the nucleons themselves. These effects are difficult to untangle because of the complexity and lack of complete understanding of nuclear and quantum chromodynamic models. My experiment deals with neutrino interactions with cryogenic helium. Helium's low atomic number minimizes these complicated effects, allowing a deeper understanding of the differences between free nucleon scattering, and bound nucleon scattering by neutrinos as well as how this effect scales as a function of atomic number.