Phillip S Barbeau, Assistant Professor  

Phillip S Barbeau

Office Location: 426 TUNL
Office Phone: 919-660-2629
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Experimental nuclear physics

PhD, University of Chicago, 2009
S.B. Mathematics, University of Chicago, 2001
A.B. Physics, University of Chicago, 2001

Research Categories: Experimental Nuclear & Particle Astro-Physics, Double Beta Decay, Neutrinos and Dark Matter

Current projects: EXO & nEXO, CoGeNT & C-4, MaGNeT

Research Description: Professor Barbeau’s research interests are predominantly in the fields of neutrino and astroparticle physics. His efforts are focused on (but not limited to) three major areas of research: work towards the first observation of coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering; novel searches for the dark matter in our universe; and searches for zero neutrino double beta decay. The unifying aspect of the work is the common need for new and creative detector development in order to solve some of the “hard” problems in low-background rare-event detection.

Areas of Interest:
Neutrinoless double-beta decay:
- neutrino mass and its Majorana character
Coherent neutrino scattering:
- Sterile neutrino searches
- Probes of the electroweak and nuclear structure
- Searches for non-standard neutrino interactions
- Neutrino magnetic moments Searches
- Reactor safeguards applications
Dark matter searches:
- WIMPs (Galactic and Solar bound)
- Axions (dark matter and Solar)
- SIMPs, Nuclearites, etc.
Other exotica:
- Di- and Tri-nucleon decay
- electron decay
- Pauli Exclusion Principle violation

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Albert, J.B. and others, An improved measurement of the 2\nu \beta \beta\ half-life of Xe-136 with EXO-200 (Submitted, 2013) [pdf]  [abs].
  2. Aalseth, C.E. and others, CoGeNT: A Search for Low-Mass Dark Matter using p-type Point Contact Germanium Detectors, Physical Review D 88,, vol. 012002 (2013) [pdf], [doi]  [abs].
  3. Dobi, A. and Hall, C. and Slutsky, S. and Yen, Y.R. and Aharmin, B. and others, Xenon purity analysis for EXO-200 via mass spectrometry, Nucl.Instrum.Meth., vol. A675 (2012), pp. 40-46 [pdf], [doi]  [abs].
  4. Auger, M. and others, Search for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay in $^136$Xe with EXO-200, Phys.Rev.Lett., vol. 109 (2012), pp. 032505 [pdf], [doi]  [abs].
  5. Auger, M. and Auty, D.J. and Barbeau, P.S. and Bartoszek, L. and Baussan, E. and others, The EXO-200 detector, part I: Detector design and construction, JINST, vol. 7 (2012), pp. P05010 [pdf], [doi]  [abs].

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Grayson Rich