Differential QE-like cross section dσ(E_QEν)/dQ^2_QE, in bins of E_QEν. Inner error bars show statistical uncertainties; outer error bars show total (statistical and systematic) uncertainty. The red histogram shows the MINERvA-tuned GENIE model used to estimate smearing and acceptance.

The much anticipated paper version of Cheryl Patrick’s thesis has been accepted by Physical Review D.   Check it out at:


The data release is available at


Update:  It is published in Phys. Rev. D which is now open access:


Cheryl Patrick successfully defended her thesis:

Measurement of the Antineutrino Double-Differential Charged-Current Quasi-Elastic Scattering Cross Section at MINERvA in March and is now a postdoc on SuperNEMO at University College London.

Heidi Schellman, Cheryl Patrick PhD and Laura Fields
Heidi Schellman, Cheryl Patrick PhD and Laura Fields. Cheryl is wearing the official PhD hat.

She came back to the US to give a fantastic Fermilab Wine and Cheese talk in June 2016 which has been written up in Fermi NewsWatch the video!

We went to the APS Division of Nuclear Physics conference in Vancouver BC in mid-October 2016.

Senior Evan Peters shows how to calibrate neutrino response in the MINERvA detector.
Senior Evan Peters shows how to calibrate neutron response in the MINERvA detector.

Undergraduates Gabe Nowak and Evan Peters gave posters on their work and PI Heidi Schellman gave a 10 minute talk explaining anti-neutrino quasi-elastic scattering.

Evan’s poster was placed with theoretical posters presented by students also working on neutrino scattering, leading to much discussion amongst the neutrino community.

Much homework was done during the 9 hour drive back in the rain. Next time I will bring two flashlights in the car.

Mateus Carneiro in the neutrino lab
Mateus Carneiro in the neutrino lab

Welcome to Mateus Fernandes Carneiro who has joined the Schellman neutrino group as a postdoctoral scholar.  Mateus just completed his dissertation “Measurement of Muon Neutrino Quasi-Elastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target at Enu of 6 GeV” at the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas using the MINERvA neutrino detector at Fermilab.  He will be working with Heidi Schellman and Amit Bashyal on studies of neutrino cross sections.  Mateus will be working from Fermilab most of the time but will visit us frequently.

Amit Bashyal joined the OSU neutrino group in September 2015 after getting his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Arlington working with Jaehoon Yu.  Prior to coming to OSU he was an International Fellow at Fermilab for a year working with Laura Fields and Alberto Marchionni on physics studies for the DUNE/LBNF neutrino beamline design.

Graduate student Amit Bashyal
Graduate student Amit Bashyal

Leah Welty-Rieger got her PhD from the University of Indiana on the D0 experiment. After a year as a web designer she joined the Schellman group as a postdoc.  While at Northwestern she independently applied for and received a URA Fellowship to join the g-2 magnetic moment experiment.  She now works part-time as a GEANT consultant for the g-2 experiment at Fermilab.

Who says postdocs can't have kid (and Cub's tickets).
Who says postdocs can’t have kids (and Cubs tickets).

Tim Andeen received his doctorate for work on the D0 experiment at Fermilab in 2008.  His thesis, `Measurement of the W Boson Mass with the D0 Run II Detector using the Electron PT Spectrum’ used a precision measurement of the W boson mass to make tight constraints on the mass of the Higgs boson, several years before the Higgs was finally discovered.  He then went to Columbia University as a postdoc and research associate on the ATLAS experiment at CERN.  He will start as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Texas, Austin in Fall 2015.

Tim at Columbia.
Tim at Columbia.
The W boson mass squeezing the Higgs boson.
The W boson mass squeezing the Higgs boson.  Particles from the Particle Zoo.

Chris Pratt analyzed Z boson decays on the D0 experiment while getting degrees in Integrated Science and Mathematics (with a certificate in Finance from Kellogg) at Northwestern.  He uses the data analysis skills he learned in the Schellman group as an Associate Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting in Chicago.

Chris and Miranda at the Great Wall.  A long way from the Quad Cities!
Chris and Miranda at the Great Wall. A long way from the Quad Cities!