Cheryl Patrick got her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Oxford and then worked as an IT consultant in the UK and Denmark before coming to Northwestern in 2010. She is measuring Quasi-Elastic Anti-neutrino Scattering in the MINERvA experiment for her thesis (expected this winter) and also keeps the data from MINERvA going to tape.
Monthly Archives: May 2015
Alumni: Andrew Kobach MS – 2011
Dr Andrew Kobach MS-2011
Andrew Kobach received his Master’s degree with the Schellman group at Northwestern in 2011 for his measurement of Z+gamma production at the DO experiment at Fermilab. He received a Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship to support this work.
He recently completed his doctorate in Theoretical Physics with André de Gouvêa at Northwestern and will be taking a postdoctoral position at UC San Diego in Fall 2015.
Alumni: Sam Zeller PhD-2002
Dr. Geralyn (Sam) Zeller – PhD 2002
Dr. Geralyn (Sam) Zeller received a Ph.D. in particle physics from Northwestern University working with Heidi Schellman and Kevin McFarland (Rochester) in 2002. Her dissertation, a measurement of the weak mixing angle in neutrino deep inelastic scattering, earned a Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation award in Experimental Particle Physics in 2003. She worked at both Columbia University and Los Alamos National Laboratory prior to becoming a staff scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in 2009. She has participated in six different experiments studying the properties of neutrinos over the course of her career, including NuTeV, MiniBooNE, SciBooNE, MicroBooNE, ArgoNeuT, and DUNE. She recently received a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career award to further the research of using liquid argon time projection chambers to study neutrino interactions and is currently co-spokesperson for the MicroBooNE experiment.
Her current research focuses on neutrino-nucleus interactions and precision neutrino oscillation measurements.
The Rochester ROC
Chris Marshall, a graduate student finishing his thesis at Rochester, was on the day shift today and contributed this screenshot from the Original UROC at Rochester.
The Fermilab ROC
Emily Maher, a Physics Professor at MCLA, who was doing the night shift, has kindly documented the official setup in the Fermilab control room. This is on the MINERvA shift wiki but that makes it hard to post pictures so I’m reposting here.
The remote control room
The MINERvA experiment at Fermilab is currently running 24×7 in the NuMI neutrino beam.
We have set up a Remote Operations Center (UROC) at Oregon State where we can run remote shifts monitoring data acquisition and controlling data taking. This frees up the experts at Fermilab for emergency repairs.
The screen on the far left shows neutrino interactions as they are logged at Fermilab.
This is a picture of an anti-neutrino interaction in the MINERvA detector. The invisible neutrino entered from the left, hit a nucleus and produced a muon particle which exits to the right. The color scale of the far right shows the amount of energy deposited in each pixel of the detector. The detector is about 10 m long and 2 m across.
Neutrino Physics at Oregon State
We are starting a neutrino physics group at Oregon State
Current members are:
Heidi Schellman – Professor
Gabriel Nowak – Undergraduate Researcher
Evan Peters – Undergraduate Researcher
Cheryl Patrick – Northwestern Graduate Student
Laura Fields – Northwestern postdoc
For experts: UROC screens
I found out at shift turnover that Chris M. at Rochester had diagnosed a problem using a screen I didn’t know about. So we agreed to document our displays to see if we’re looking at all the displays we need to look at.
Here is my general layout: