Imperial College London

Morgan O. Wascko

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Physics
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 3465m.wascko Website CV

 
 
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Assistant

 

Ms Paula Brown +44 (0)20 7594 7823

 
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Location

 

522Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

I describe my research in the vibrant field of neutrino physics in my inaugural lecture. Neutrino physics is one of the branches of high energy particle physics, and I study:

  • neutrino flavour oscillation: how and why do neutrinos change as they propagate through space?
  • the origins of neutrino mass and mixing: what does neutrino oscillation tell us about why neutrino masses are so small?
  • the search for CP violation in neutrinos: are neutrinos related to why the universe is made of matter instead of antimatter?

I chair the Physics Department Juno Committee, which is working to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity in the Physics Department.

My current research focus is on development of new neutrino detector technologies and the advanced data analysis techniques these detectors deserve. I am working to build a high-pressure gas time-projection chamber (HPgTPCs) for DUNE which will help understand neutrino-nucleus interactions and their effects on neutrino oscillation measurements. I am exploring new data analysis methods that will be best able to make use of the more precise information collected the HPgTPC. I formerly led the T2K long baseline accelerator neutrino experiment in Japan as International Co-Spokesperson, and before that led the SciBooNE collaboration at Fermilab as co-Spokesperson.

For more information about T2K, please enjoy this video about the T2K collaboration or this one about the J-PARC laboratory. Follow our HP(g)TPC progress on twitter.


Career History:

  • 2019–present: Professor of Physics, Imperial College London.
  • 2016–2019: Reader of High Energy Physics, Imperial College London.
  • 2016: Long Term Invited Fellow, High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK), Japan.
  • 2014–2016: Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London.
  • 2011–2014: Lecturer, Imperial College London.
  • 2008–2013: STFC Advanced Fellow, Imperial College London.
  • 2006–2008: Fixed-Term Research Lecturer, Imperial College London.
  • 2001–2006: Postdoctoral Researcher, Louisiana State University.
  • 2001: Ph.D., University of California, Riverside.
    Dissertation: "Study of the Moon and Sun Shadows in Very High Energy Cosmic Rays with Milagrito."
  • 1993: A.B., University of Chicago.

Scientific Collaboration Memberships:

2006–present: T2K (J-PARC, Japan) [International Co-Spokesperson, Neutrino Interactions Working Group co-Convener].

2018–present DUNE (Fermilab, USA).

2013–present: Hyper-K Proto-Collaboration (Japan).

2005–2012: SciBooNE (FNAL, USA) [Co-Spokesperson].

2001–12: MiniBooNE (FNAL, USA) [Detector Calibration Convener].

1996–2003: Milagro (LANL, USA).


Community Activities:


2020: IPPP Steering Committee

2018: STFC Particle Astrophysics Balance of Programme Panel.

2014–2017: STFC Particle Physics Advisory Panel.

2013: STFC LHC Tensioning Sub-Panel.

2013–2017: ICFA Neutrino Panel.

Organisation of Scientific Meetings:

  Neutrino 2020: International Advisory Committee

  Neutrino 2016: Local Organising Committee.

  NuInt14: Chair of Organising Committee. Link to NuInt14 slides.

Scientific Committee: NuInt15, NuInt12, NuInt11, NuInt09, NuInt07.


internal SERVICE:

2019–present: Chair, Physics Department Juno Committee


International Teaching:

2014: Lecturer, Int’l Neutrino Summer School, St Andrews, UK.

2011–13: Tutor, STFC Particle Physics School, Warwick, UK.

2011: Lecturer, Int’l Neutrino Summer School, Geneva, CH.

2009: Lecturer, NEPPSR 2009, Cape Cod, USA.

2009: Lecturer, 45th Karpacz Winter School, Ladek-Zdroj, PL.


External Service:


Editorial Board Member for instruments, an open access journal.

Ad-hoc referee for Eur Phys Journ C, Mod Phys Lett A, Nature Communications, Phys Rev Lett, Phys Rev C, Phys Rev D, Phys Lett B.

Grant application reviewer for the STFC (UK), National Science Centre (Poland), ERC (EU).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Abi B, Acciarri R, Acero MA, et al., 2020, Long-baseline neutrino oscillation physics potential of the DUNE experiment, European Physical Journal C, Vol:80, ISSN:1434-6044, Pages:1-34

Jones SB, Nonnenmacher TS, Atkin E, et al., 2020, Off-axis characterisation of the CERN T10 beam for low momentum proton measurements with a high pressure gas time projection chamber, Instruments, Vol:4, ISSN:2410-390X, Pages:21-21

Abe K, Akutsu R, Ali A, et al., 2020, Constraint on the matter-antimatter symmetry-violating phase in neutrino oscillations, Nature, Vol:580, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:339-344

Abe K, Akutsu R, Amey J, et al., 2018, Search for CP violation in neutrino and antineutrino oscillations by the T2K experiment with 2.2 x 10(21) protons on target, Physical Review Letters, Vol:121, ISSN:0031-9007

Tanabashi M, Grp PD, Hagiwara K, et al., 2018, Review of Particle Physics, Physical Review D, Vol:98, ISSN:2470-0010

Abe K, Amey J, Andreopoulos C, et al., 2017, Combined analysis of neutrino and antineutrino oscillations at T2K, Physical Review Letters, Vol:118, ISSN:0031-9007

Lu XG, Pickering L, Dolan S, et al., 2016, Measurement of nuclear effects in neutrino interactions with minimal dependence on neutrino energy, Physical Review C, Vol:94, ISSN:1089-490X

Abe K, Adam J, Aihara H, et al., 2014, Precise measurement of the neutrino mixing parameter theta(23) from muon neutrino disappearance in an off-axis beam, Physical Review Letters, Vol:112, ISSN:0031-9007

Abe K, Abgrall N, Ajima Y, et al., 2011, Indication of electron neutrino appearance from an accelerator-produced off-axis muon neutrino beam., Phys Rev Lett, Vol:107

Hiraide K, Alcaraz-Aunion JL, Brice SJ, et al., 2008, Search for charged current coherent pion production on carbon in a few-GeV neutrino beam, Physical Review D, Vol:78, ISSN:1550-7998

Aguilar-Arevalo, AA, Bazarko, et al., 2007, A Search for electron neutrino appearance at the Delta m**2 ~ 1- eV**2 scale, Physical Review Letters, Vol:98, ISSN:0031-9007, Pages:231801-1-231801-7

Conference

Wascko MO, 2006, Prospects for antineutrino running at MiniBooNE, 7th International Workshop on Neutrino Factories and Superbeams, ELSEVIER, Pages:242-244, ISSN:0920-5632

Reports

SciBooNE Collaboration, 2006, Fermilab Proposal 954, Bringing the SciBar detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam, arXiv:hep-ex/0601022v1

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