I arrived at Imperial College in 2004 from Stanford University in California, where I spent some time as a postdoctoral researcher focusing on the KamLAND Experiment, after receiving my PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a student of Peter Fisher working at the LEP collider at CERN. Having grown up in Surrey, it has been nice to come back to work near the places that I used to visit as a boy, such as the Museums and the Royal College of Music and other memorable places in the London area.
My research focuses on making new discoveries in particle physics, not by directly searching for previously-unseen fundamental particles, but rather by examining some of the basic particles that we have known about for a long time—namely neutrinos and muons. This often leads us not to work at high-energy particle colliders such as the Large Hadron Collider, but to create custom-designed experiments where we make these particles in huge quantities, and study their—often surprising—properties in detail.
- Guest Professor of Physics at Osaka University for research in Charged Lepton Flavour Violation.
- Chair of the Institute of Physics High Energy Particle Physics Group Committee.
- Chair of the Scientific Organising Committee for the PhyStat-ν workshop on Statistical Issues in Neutrino Physics, held at the end of May 2016 at the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, in Kashiwa, Japan.
- Member of the Organising Committee for the Flavour Conference in the Rencontres du Vietnam series of conferences at Quy Nhon, Vietnam. The most recent conference was held in the summer of 2017.
- Member of the Organising Committee for the Neutrino conference in 2016, after Neutrino 2014 in Boston and Neutrino 2012 in Kyoto. Having followed me around the world, the 27th edition of the International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics was held at Imperial College London in July 2016.
Of my current teaching roles, my most significant is probably that of Head of First Year Laboratory. This course is one of the first occasions at which first-year students experience their new university learning environment, where there is not necessarily a single correct answer to everything and where we encourage independent thinking and teach the skills that help students work in a professional manner, whether they stay in academia or move on to different types of work.
The year of lab work culminates in the First Year Projects, where students can work on open-ended experimental and computational projects on topics of their choosing. To me this is one of the early highlights of the undergraduate course in our department, and school students can come and see the final presentations by our students at our Open Days for GSCE and A-Level students (the links are for the 2014 events).
Since the 2016 academic year, I have been teaching Computational Physics, a third-year optional course in which we teach not just the basic algorithms that underlie scientific computing, but also spend plenty of time practising their use and presentation in the form of projects and reports.
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et al., 2014, Measurement of the intrinsic electron neutrino component in the T2K neutrino beam with the ND280 detector, Physical Review D, Vol:89, ISSN:1550-7998
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et al., 2005, Measurement of neutrino oscillation with KamLAND: Evidence of spectral distortion, Physical Review Letters, Vol:94, ISSN:0031-9007
et al., 2004, High sensitivity search for (nu)over-bar(e)'s from the Sun and other sources at KamLAND, Physical Review Letters, Vol:92, ISSN:0031-9007
et al., 2002, Nuclear propelled vessels and neutrino oscillation experiments, Physical Review Letters, Vol:89, ISSN:0031-9007
et al., 2003, First results from KamLAND: Evidence for reactor antineutrino disappearance, Physical Review Letters, Vol:90, ISSN:0031-9007
et al., 2000, Measurement of the W-pair production cross section and W-decay branching fractions in e(+)e(-) interactions at root s=189 GeV, Physics Letters B, Vol:496, ISSN:0370-2693, Pages:19-33
et al., 2009, Conceptual Design Report for Experimental Search for Lepton Flavor Violating µ− − e− Conversion at Sensitivity of 10−16 with a Slow-Extracted Bunched Proton Beam (COMET)