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.
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