Guang Yang working on big ideas

Stony Brook University postdoc Guang Yang has contributed to two big ideas coming out of the Near Detector Concept Study…  One is a fine-grained, three-dimensional scintillating plastic detector, called the 3DST… Yang is also involved in DUNE-prism, a proposed “big idea” to move the near detector off-axis at different positions to allow disentangling of the flux-plus-cross section degeneracy…

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Madagascar students take on tau neutrinos

Two students from the University of Antananarivo-Madagascar, the first African institution to join the DUNE collaboration, are producing their master’s theses on tau neutrino studies for DUNE. Herilala Razafinime and Miriama Rajaoalisoa spent the summer of 2017 at Fermilab as recipients of the laboratory’s Neutrino Physics Center fellowship program…

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Erin Conley: new IB representative for Young DUNE

Second-year Duke University graduate student Erin Conley hasn’t yet reached the point of taking her qualifying exams, but she’s already been contributing to DUNE for a few years. She is now the Young DUNE representative to the DUNE Institutional Board, replacing Jason Stock of SDSMT in that role…

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A fiddlin’ postdoc

St. Patrick’s Day is a day when Irish fiddle tunes are enjoyed all around the world — and this year Prot-O’DUNE is part of the show! At the suggestion of a music-loving colleague , Sheffield University postdoc Nicola McConkey brought her violin to EHN1…

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Karl Warburton: neutrino physicist

Karl Warburton, DUNE collaborator and current Young DUNE liaison to the spokespersons, participated in a panel of four Fermilab scientists in conjunction with a special showing at Fermilab of the film Hidden Figures for more than 300 middle school students from 13 schools. This video was played as part of the panel introductions…

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Unwieldy yet delicate, the HV system comes together

Francesca Stocker of CERN and Kevin Wood of Stony Brook University are both beginning their PhD research, building and installing the high voltage system for ProtoDUNE-SP that will provide a uniform electric field inside the LArTPC…

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Getting the beamline right for CPV sensitivity

Now a University of Oregon grad student, Amit Bashyal (left) spent some time at Fermilab as an International Fellow where he studied the uncertainties in CP violation measurements for different candidate LBNF beamline designs. Also a contributor to the beamline optimization effort is Rowan Zaki, a student at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands…

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Preparing for rare events: nnbar oscillation, proton decay

Jeremy Hewes, recently graduated from the University of Manchester and headed to a postdoc at Fermilab, uses convolutional neural networks to study how DUNE can detect neutron-antineutron oscillation. University of Houston postdoc Aaron Higuera leads DUNE’s efforts in modeling events expected from proton decay…

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Shedding light on ProtoDUNE-DP light detection

Anne Chappuis, a PhD student at LAPP in France, is making great progress in understanding the peculiar behavior that scintillation photons exhibit in liquid argon. Clara Cuesta, a postdoc at CIEMAT, is characterizing the ProtoDUNE-DP cryogenic photomultipliers to determine their gain and stability in response to different light signals…

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Young DUNE gaining strength

Young DUNE is no Irma, but it continues to become a more powerful — constructive! — force within DUNE. As the Young DUNE spokesperson liaison, David Martinez has helped spearhead this group’s growth over the past year and a half. Karl Warburton will now replace Martinez in this leadership role…

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