Imperial College London

Morgan O. Wascko

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Physics



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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.

I am now the UK Principal Investigator for the DUNE experiment, which is being built in the USA at Fermilab (IL) and SURF (SD). I formerly led the T2K long baseline accelerator neutrino experiment in Japan as International Co-Spokesperson. I founded and led the SciBooNE collaboration at Fermilab as co-Spokesperson. My recent research focus has been 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 (HPgTPC) 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 by the HPgTPC.

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.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Deisting A, Waldron A, Atkin E, et al., 2021, Commissioning of a high pressure time projection chamber with optical readout, Instruments, Vol:5, ISSN:2410-390X

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, 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


Wascko M, 2018, T2K status, results, and plans

Wascko MO, 2009, EXPERIMENTAL MEASUREMENTS OF NEUTRINO CROSS-SECTIONS NEAR 1 GEV, 45th Winter School in Theoretical Physics on Neutrino Interactions - From Theory to Monte Carlo Simulations, JAGIELLONIAN UNIV PRESS, Pages:2421-2444, ISSN:0587-4254


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

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