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Department of Physics

Glenn Horton-Smith

Glenn Horton-SmithProfessor
32B Cardwell Hall
(785) 532-6476
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Ph.D. Stanford University, 1998
B.S. California Institute of Technology, 1989

Research Area

Experimental Particle Physics

I study indivisible particles of matter called neutrinos. Neutrinos are created in nuclear reactions in stars, cosmic rays, and other places. They interact so weakly with matter that only one in six trillion solar neutrinos passing through a mile of lead would interact. Yet a neutrino will oscillate to and from different states without interacting with any other matter or energy.

The more we learn about neutrinos, the more we understand about their role in the universe, and the better we can use them in the study of processes in the sun, on earth, and in the cosmos.

I'm currently active in several neutrino experiments, including MicroBooNE, Mu2e, and DUNE.

Research Support

  • Department of Energy

Recent Selected Publications

Indication for the disappearance of reactor electron antineutrinos in the Double Chooz experiment. Double Chooz Collaboration (Y. Abe (Tokyo Inst. Tech.) et al.). Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (2012) 131801. [link]

Search for extraterrestrial antineutrino sources with the KamLAND detector. KamLAND Collaboration (A. Gando, et al.). Astrophys. J. 745 (2012) 193. [link]

Partial radiogenic heat model for Earth revealed by geoneutrino measurements. KamLAND Collaboration (A. Gando (Tohoku U.) et al.). Nature Geoscience 4, 647–651 (2011). [link]

Measurement of the 8B Solar Neutrino Flux with the KamLAND Liquid Scintillator Detector. KamLAND Collaboration (S. Abe (Tohoku U.) et al.). Published in Phys. Rev. C84 (2011) 035804. [link]

Precision Measurement of Neutrino Oscillation Parameters with KamLAND. KamLAND Collaboration (S. Abe (Tohoku U.) et al.). Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008) 221803. [link]

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