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Dr Laura Kormos

Senior Lecturer

Laura Kormos


Tel: +44 1524 593352

Research overview

Particle physics is inherently a fascinating area of research that underpins our understanding, such as it is, of the universe, from the mundane to the exotic:  what's in it, what are the forces that bring different pieces together, what are the properties of both the forces and the particles.  Within this kaleidoscope, the most elusive, and thus the least well-understood particle, is the neutrino.  I work on the T2K long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, in which a beam of muon neutrinos is produced at the JPARC facility near Tokai Japan, and aimed at Super Kamiokande in the Kamioka mountains 295 km away.  En route, many of the muon neutrinos change to tau neutrinos, and in 2011 T2K found the first indication that  some of the muon neutrinos also change to electron neutrinos.  This flavour-change is parameterised by the MNSP mixing matrix.  T2K is measuring some of the parameters of this matrix.  The unoscillated beam is characterised by a set of near detectors near the neutrino production target.  Neutrino cross-sections can be measured in these detectors.  I am working on cross-section measurements and detector calibrations which will also contribute to our measurements of neutrino flavour-change.

PhD supervision

My students and I work on data analysis from the T2K long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, as well as calibrating the detector to ensure that data quality remains high. Future physics projects could include measuring the electron-neutrino beam contamination, or electron- or muon-neutrino cross-section measurement in the Near Detector (ND280).

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