I am a faculty member of the University of Regina since 2004. My research focuses on projects on the long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment(T2K), the next generation large-scale water Cherenkov detector(Hyper-K), Intermediate Water Cherenkov Detector(IWCD) and HALO-1kT supernova neutrino detector. Since 2012 I started to collaborate with palaeontologists by developing studies using synchrotron radiation-based techniques. Currently I am developing studies with members of the Royal Tyrrell Museum for soft tissue preservation and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum with amber inclusions and chemical signatures in vertebrate paleontology.
In 2016 I shared with the T2K collaboration the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics: for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possible far beyond, the standard model of particle physics. Prize Website
· Synchrotron Radiation Applied to Paleontology
Development of scientific research using synchrotron radiation and other techniques to study fossils (mainly dinosaurs), with emphasis to those from the Late Cretaceous period. Canadian Light Source Website
· Hyper-Kamiokande Collaboration
R&D next generation of neutrino experiments - developement of an optical system for the readout of the projected Hyper-Kamiokande detector which is expected to succeed the current Super-Kamiokande detector, and also for the IWCD detector, a new detector concept which is part of the Hyper-K project. Development of a scintillator system and its optical readout to identify particle in the IWCD. Tests of several electronic components and photosensors for the IWCD HyperK Website
· Intermediate Water Cherenkov Detector (IWCD)
Development of a scintillator detector system for the IWCD. This experiment consists of a Water Cherenkov Detector that will be located at 1.1 Km from the neutrino beam production location, allowing for studies of the neutrino flux before it oscillate into a different neutrino flavour. It will also be movable vertically, allowing the measurement of the neutrino flux at different off-axis angles relative to the neutrino beam direction (center). This technique will greatly help with systematic uncertainties in neutrino oscillation measurements as it will lead to a model-independent extrapolation of the neutrino flux from the intermediate (IWCD) to the far detector (Hyper-K) detector, allowing a more significant measurement of the neutrino oscillation parameters. components and photosensors for the IWCD HyperK Website
Development a mirror system to be implemented as part of the Aerogel Cherenkov Detector for particle identification in the EMPHATIC experiment to study hadronic production in proton-target interactions. The target will be similar to those to be used to produced neutrino beams for the Hyper-K experiment in Japan, and will help to better understand and control systematic uncertainties arising from modelling of hadronic production used to study neutrino oscillations. EMPHATIC paper
Halo-1kT is a project of a supernova detector proposed to be installed at Gran Sasso, Italy. Its main goal is to detect neutrino bursts from supernova explosions in our Galaxy to better understand the supernova process. Halo Website
· Tokai-to-Kamioka (T2K) Experiment
I am the leader of the Fine Grained Detector Wavelength Shifting Fiber Work-Package, member of the T2K International Board of Members, Member of the T2K Speaker Board and Chair of one of the T2K paper Review Committees. I led the work to develop the wavelength shifting (WLS) fibers and their related optical coupling system which was installed in the Fine Grained Detector (FGD) of the ND280 component of the T2K experiment and also developed (with my students) the particle identification (PID) algorithm for the FGD detector. T2K Website
I was involved in the GlueX Collaboration until the first half of 2006. In GlueX, I played a leading role in tests using silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) and in establishing the first version of the GlueX-Barrel Calorimeter reconstruction code.
I was also a member of the CALICE Collaboration to build the calorimetric system for the International Linear Collider (ILC).
Member of ZEUS Collaboration at DESY for six years (1999 to 2004), during this period I took on several key responsibilities as ZEUS Uranium Scintillator Calorimeter (UCAL) DQM Coordinator and then general UCAL Coordinator, Forward Neutron Calorimeter and Forward Neutron Tracker Coordinator, ZEUS Run Coordinator among other important activities.
I obtained my Ph.D. degree working at CERN on the DELPHI Collaboration (LEP) where I was responsible for the hardware implementation and tests of the Synchroton Radiation Detector (SRD).
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