Phillip S Barbeau, Assistant Professor  

Phillip S Barbeau

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

Teaching (Summer2 2015):

  • Physics 131s-1.01m, Intro seminar on big questions Synopsis
    Physics 150, MTuWThF 02:00 PM-04:05 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Twelker, K. and Kravitz, S. and D�ez, M. Montero and Gratta, G. and Fairbank, W. and others, An apparatus to manipulate and identify individual Ba ions from bulk liquid Xe, Rev.Sci.Instrum., vol. 85 (2014), pp. 095114 [pdf], [doi]  [abs].
  2. Barbeau, P.S. and Collar, J.I. and Efremenko, Yu. and Scholberg, K., Comment on "Fitting the annual modulation in DAMA with neutrons from muons and neutrinos'' (2014) [pdf], [doi]  [abs].
  3. Albert, J.?B. and others, Search for Majoron-emitting modes of double-beta decay of $^136$Xe with EXO-200, Phys.Rev., vol. D90 no. 9 (2014), pp. 092004 [pdf], [doi]  [abs].
  4. Aalseth, C.E. and others, Search for An Annual Modulation in Three Years of CoGeNT Dark Matter Detector Data (Preprint, 2014) [pdf]  [abs].
  5. Aalseth, C.E. and Barbeau, P.S. and Colaresi, J. and Leon, J. Diaz and Fast, J.E. and others, Maximum Likelihood Signal Extraction Method Applied to 3.4 years of CoGeNT Data (Submitted, 2014) [pdf]  [abs].

Current Ph.D. Students