Bryan Weaver

 
Mentor: Dr. Heather Ray
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"I wanted to get an idea of what it's like to be an experimental physicist today, working to answer questions about nature that have yet to be answered."

Major

Physics

Minor

Portuguese

Research Interests

  • Neutrinos

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Anderson Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Organizations

  • UF Brazilian Portuguese Club
  • UF Navigators International

Volunteer

  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Cooking

Research Description

Neutrino Scattering at Fermilab's MINERvA Experiment
MINERνA is a neutrino scattering experiment at Fermilab that studies low-energy neutrino-nucleus interactions for various nuclei, at very high levels of precision. Specifically, MINERνA measures neutrino cross sections in the 1 - 10 GeV region, where cross sections are currently not well understood due to large statistical and systematic uncertainties in previous experiments. My work focuses on identifying false events that mimic neutrino interactions in the liquid helium target. Identifying these false events reduces background and ultimately improves the signal-to-noise ratio of the helium-neutrino interaction analysis.