Pappalardo Fellows

Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2011-2014

Joshua Spitz, Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2011-14

Name: Joshua Spitz

Title(s): Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2011-2014


Phone: (617) 258-0541


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 26-429
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area of Physics:

Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

Research Interests

Joshua Spitz is interested in experimental particle and astroparticle physics. He is involved in carefully measuring the properties of the neutrino, one of nature's fundamental particles, and trying to understand the role of the 'little neutral one' in the evolution of the universe. Specifically, Josh seeks to address fundamental questions such as (1) Are matter neutrinos different than anti-matter neutrinos? (2) How many neutrinos are there? and (3) How does the neutrino acquire mass? While there are clear paths forward for answering these questions unambiguously, detecting and characterizing neutrinos is famously quite difficult. As such, Josh's work largely involves neutrino detection technology development and implementation towards the eventual goal of fully understanding the neutrino and its past and present role in the universe.

Biographical Sketch

Josh grew up in Denver, Colorado, and graduated summa cum laude in physics (with a double major in astronomy) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He completed his Ph.D. dissertation with Prof. Bonnie Fleming at Yale University. Currently, Josh lives in Cambridge with his wife Lindsey and kids, Abby (4) and Isaac (1).

Selected Publications

  • Cross Section Measurements with Monoenergetic Muon Neutrinos, J.Spitz, Physical Review D 89 073007 (2014).

  • Search for Neutrino-Antineutrino Oscillations with a Reactor Experiment, J.S. Diaz, T. Katori, J. Spitz, and J.M. Conrad, Physics Letters B 727 412 (2013).
  • A Sterile Neutrino Search with Kaon Decay-at-rest, J. Spitz, Physical Review D 85 093020 (2012).
  • First Test of Lorentz Violation with a Reactor-based Antineutrino Experiment, Y. Abe et al. [Double Chooz Collaboration], Physical Review D 86 112009 (2012).
  • Proposal for an Electron Antineutrino Disappearance Search Using High-Rate 8Li Production and Decay, A. Bungau et al. Physical Review Letters 109 141802 (2012)
  • Measuring Active-to-Sterile Neutrino Oscillations with Neutral Current Coherent Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering, A.J. Anderson et al. Physical Review D 86 013004 (2012).
  • First Measurements of Inclusive Muon Neutrino Charged Current Differential Cross Sections on Argon, C. Anderson et al. [ArgoNeuT Collaboration], Physical Review Letters 108 161802 (2012).
  • Coherent Neutrino Scattering in Dark Matter Detectors, A.J. Anderson, J.M. Conrad, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, K. Scholberg,  and J. Spitz, Physical Review D 84 013008 (2011).
  • Atmospheric Tau Neutrinos in a Multi-kiloton Liquid Argon Detector, J. Conrad, A. de Gouvea, S. Shalgar, and J. Spitz, Physical Review D 82 093012 (2010).