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Pappalardo Fellow in Physics: 2014-2017
Title(s): Pappalardo Fellow in Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Area of Physics
Experimental Nuclear & Particle Physics
Taritree’s interests are in experimental particle and astroparticle physics. He is currently interested in studying the properties of one of the fundamental particles, the neutrino, to look for signs of new physics beyond the Standard Model. His PhD work focused on measuring neutrino oscillations, a phenomenon wherein a neutrino created as one flavor has a non-zero chance of being detected later as a neutrino of a different flavor. The long-term goal of the field is to use precision measurements of neutrino oscillations to test if the phenomenon can be described completely with only the three Standard Model neutrinos—or if new particles and interactions are required.
As a Pappalardo Fellow, Taritree works on an experiment called MicroBooNE, which will make important steps in developing the next-generation experiments that will measure neutrino oscillations with increased precision. He is also developing a new type of particle detector based on colloidal quantum dot nanocrystals with the long-term goal of using such a detector to look for an as-yet-unobserved nuclear process known as neutrino-less double beta decay. The observation of this process would impact our understanding of the role neutrinos play in the formation of our Universe and of the physics that occur at energies much larger than we can currently probe at particle colliders such as the LHC (Large Hadron Collider).
Taritree grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. He completed his B.S. degree at Yale University in physics and philosophy. For his Ph.D. dissertation at Duke University, he measured muon neutrino disappearance with the T2K experiment under the supervision of Professors Kate Scholberg and Chris Walter.
- T2K Collaboration, “Measurement of Neutrino Oscillation Parameters from Muon Neutrino Disappearance with an Off-axis Beam.”Phys. Rev. Lett. 111,211803 (2013).
- T2K Collaboration, “Evidence of Electron Neutrino Appearance in a Muon Neutrino Beam.” Phys. Rev. D 88, (2013) 032002.
- T2K Collaboration, “First Muon-Neutrino Disappearance Study with an Off-Axis Beam.” Phys. Rev. D 85, (2012) 031103.
- T2K Collaboration, “Indication of Electron Neutrino Appearance from an Accelerator-produced Off-axis Muon Neutrino Beam.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 (2011) 041801.
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