The Micro Booster Neutrino Experiment (MicroBooNE) is a leading large-scale Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) experiment, designed for precision neutrino physics. The main scientific objectives of MicroBooNE include the investigation of the Low Energy Excess (LEE) observed by the MiniBooNE Experiment between 2002-2019 in the Booster Neutrino Beam (BNB) at Fermilab, the measurements of neutrino-argon interactions, and the research and development of LArTPC technology. This thesis focuses on understanding the MiniBooNE LEE through charged-current electron neutrino interactions.
Graduate And Professional
The SPS tour of Wright Lab is open to members of the Yale Society of Physics. It is intended to assist Yale undergraduates with finding research opportunities.
Wright Lab students, postdocs, and associate research scientists are invited to come join us in a 1.5-hour workshop to explore how you can build better lab teams. We all work on teams. Sometimes it’s an exhilarating experience; other times, it is deeply frustrating.
The Wright Lab community is invited to join former Wright Lab Artist-in-Residence Emily Coates to screen the film “Invisible Universe,” which was developed during her residency at Wright Lab.
Python is general purpose, interpreted programming language with a rich set of scientific and mathematic modules. As an interpreted language, it trades computational speed for iterative agility. It lends itself particularly well to the task of preparing raw data and performing exploratory analysis. This workshop will introduce participants to data analysis using Jupiter and Python, Numpy, and Pandas. Prior experience with Python is useful but not essential.
Led by Vincent Balbarin, Research Computing Specialist, Wright Lab & YCRC
Extracting cosmological 21 cm emission from the radio foregrounds which dominate requires precision calibration, including sub-percent measurements of the complex instrument beam. 21 cm cosmology experiments are typically driven to be compact transit interferometers with poor point-source sensitivity, and have found it difficult to constrain the beam shape to this precision with sky data alone. A technique that has been developed and demonstrated by multiple groups to address this is to transmit a calibrated RF signal from a drone into the telescope to measure the beam pattern.
Understanding the detailed structure of energy flow within jets, a field known as jet substructure, plays a central role in searches for new physics, and precision studies of QCD. In this talk, I will discuss how reformulating jet susbtructure in terms of correlations of energy flow can be used to provide new insights into hadronization and intrinsic mass effects before confinement. In particular, I will show how energy correlators manifest the long-sought-after “dead-cone” effect of fundamental QCD.
I will present the development and demonstration of the microwave SQUID multiplexer for cosmic microwave background observatories and discuss some of the science enabled by these large-scale focal planes. As CMB experiments become ever more sensitive, devising methods to maximize detector count will become ever more urgent. The microwave SQUID multiplexer (umux) enables multiplexing factors in the 100s or even 1000s by coupling each detector to a unique superconducting microwave resonator.
One of the most intriguing puzzles in physics is the mechanism by which the neutrino derives its mass. A possible solution is given by a Majorana mechanism wherein the neutrino is its own anti-particle. If this were the case, the neutrino would be the first known fundamental particle to be Majorana, and could provide a pathway for leptogenisis as well as a possible explanation for our matter dominated universe. A simple and direct method to probe for this mass mechanism is by searching for the hypothetical decay process called neutrinoless double beta decay.