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Dr Laura Kormos

Senior Lecturer

Laura Kormos

Lancaster University

Physics Building

LA1 4YB

Lancaster

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 mainly 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.

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). There also is a possibility to work on the SNO+ experiment, where I've been working on understanding the backgrounds to the neutrinoless double-beta decay signal.

Current Research

At present, I participate in three neutrino experiments.

  1. The T2K experiment is a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment sited in Japan.  T2K has produced world-leading results in neutrino oscillation parameters.  On T2K, I am the Convenor for the Electromagnetic Calorimeter, which is a sub-detector within the Near Detector ND280; and I am the T2K Speakers Board Chairperson.  My analysis has been focussed on neutrino interactions in the ND280.
  2. The SNO+ experiment uses a 1000 T liquid-scintillator filled vessel sited 2 km underground in an active nickel mine near Sudbury Ontario Canada to determine whether or not neutrinos are Majorana particles, i.e. are their own antiparticles.  They do this by searching for a never-yet observed type of decay:  neutrinoless double-beta decay.  My work has been focussed on predicting and controlling the background processes that contaminate the search for this decay.
  3. The Hyper-Kamiokande experiment is the proposed successor to the T2K experiment, and is in the R&D phase. 

External Roles

I have been involved in the Institute of Physics in the following roles.

  1. Member of the IOP HEPP committee, responsible for co-ordinating the HEPP group Half-Day meetings.
  2. Member of the Nuclear and Particle Physics Division.

I have acted as a panel member on the STFC Particle Physics Grants Panel (PPGP-E).

 

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