Sean Finch, Entered 2009/10  

Sean Finch

Office Location: 402 TUNL
Office Phone: 919-660-2623
Email Address: swf8@phy.duke.edu

Specialties:
Experimental nuclear physics

Education:
BS, North Carolina State University, 2009

Research Categories: Double beta decay

Research Description: I work with Professor Tornow on experimental searches for two neutrino double beta decay (2nuBB) to excited final states. While detection of the neutrinoless decay mode will inform us if the neutrino is its own antiparticle (a Majorana rather than Dirac particle), 2nuBB decay can give us insight into the nuclear matrix elements required to extract the Majorana mass of the neutrino from the decay rate. In order to reduce radioactive backgrounds, our experimental set up is at the Kimballton Underground Research Facility (KURF) located in a active limestone mine in Virginia, 1700 feet underground.

Recent Publications

  1. C. Bhatia, S. W. Finch, M. E. Gooden, and W. Tornow, 136Xe(n,2n)135Xe cross section between 9 and 15 MeV, Phys. Rev. C, vol. 87 (January, 2013), pp. 011601 [doi] .
  2. C. Bhatia, S. W. Finch, M. E. Gooden, and W. Tornow, 40Ar(n,p)40Cl reaction cross section between 9 and 15 MeV, Phys. Rev. C, vol. 86 (October, 2012), pp. 041602 [doi] .