Congratulations to Chris for having his dark matter search featured in Physical Review Letters as an Editor’s Suggestion. On March 30, Chris defended his thesis. He was accompanied by enthusiastic friends and family. On the other side of the shirt it says “Oh Neutrino He Didn’t”. Well, yes he did. Chris will take a position with the Broad Institute, doing data science studies of genomes. So he may be responsible for curing cancer or the zombie apocalypse- time will tell!
And as a reminder of Chris’ graduate research trajectory, here is a picture of him assembling PMTs for the MiniCLEAN detector, more than a mile underground at SNOLab in Sudbury, Canada. (circa 2013).
During the summer of 2017 we completed testing of an FPGA based TDC married to a board carrying the QBEE custom ASIC. Here is our final meeting and a picture of the setup. Jin-Yuan Wu, Y. Hayato, Ed K., Angie Chen, Dan Smith, Sara Sussman, Y. Kataoka.
The anticupcake was annihilated by eating, not by interaction with another cupcake.
Here is a group photo of the Super-Kamiocollaborator guests of the laureate. From left: Masato Takita, Yoshitaka Itow, Ed Kearns, Hank Sobel, Takaaki Kajita, Hank Sobel, Yoichiro Suzuki, Kenzo Nakamura, Masayuki Nakahata.
and a greeting to Ed’s PY 251 students!
Super-K, K2K and T2K (the latter two combined) were recognized along with Daya Bay, KamLAND and SNO by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, a relatively new award. The awarded for Super-K was received by Kajita and Suzuki, with authors of the 1998 and 2001 atmospheric neutrino and solar neutrino papers being named as co-laureates. The K2K/T2K award was received by Nishikawa and likewise, numerous authors of key papers were named as co-laureates.
Past and present BU Neutrino Group members named are: Flor de Maria Blaszczyk, Shantanu Desai, Fanny Dufour, Matt Earl, Alec Habig, Ed Kearns, Soo Bong Kim, Serge Likhoded, Mike Litos, Mark Messier, Colin Okada (SNO/KamLAND), Jen Raaf, Kate Scholberg, Jim Stone, Larry Sulak, Chris Walter, and Wei Wang.
Here are some links to some news articles and editorials:
New York Times
Clockwise from left: Dan Gastler, Ed Kearns, Nobel Laureate Takaaki Kajita, Wei Wang, Mike Litos, Jen Raaf, and Fanny Dufour.
The discovery of neutrino mass and neutrino oscillation has finally been recognized by the Physics Nobel Prize! The 2015 prize goes to Takaaki Kajita from Super-K and Art McDonald from SNO, recognizing our studies of atmospheric neutrinos and solar neutrinos as the key to recognizing that neutrinos change from one flavor into another and that neutrinos have mass.
Jeff Gustafson’s search for dinucleon decay into pions was published and listed as an Editor’s Suggestion by Physical Review D. His search in three modes was negative but set new lifetime limits more than two orders of magnitude more restrictive than those of previous searches. http://journals.aps.org/prd/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevD.91.072009