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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

Graduate Advisees

  • Lauren Carroll, PhD
  • Kelly Ruhnow, MS
  • Jennifer Tyler PhD
  • JoLynn Tyner, MS

Postdoctoral Advisee

  • Heng-Ye Liao

Recent Selected Publications

A method to determine the electric field of liquid argon time projection chambers using a UV laser system and its application in MicroBooNE, MicroBooNE Collaboration • C. Adams (Harvard U.) et al. e-Print: 1910.01430 [physics.ins-det]. DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/15/07/P07010. Published in: JINST 15 (2020) 07, P07010. [link]

Calibration of the charge and energy loss per unit length of the MicroBooNE liquid argon time projection chamber using muons and protons , MicroBooNE Collaboration • C. Adams (Harvard U.) et al. e-Print: 1907.11736 [physics.ins-det]. DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/15/03/P03022. Published in: JINST 15 (2020) 03, P03022. [link]

Volume IV. The DUNE far detector single-phase technology , DUNE Collaboration • Babak Abi (Oxford U.) et al. e-Print: 2002.03010 [physics.ins-det]. DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/15/08/T08010. Published in: JINST 15 (2020) 08, T08010. [link]

First Measurement of Differential Charged Current Quasielastic-like $\nu_\mu$-Argon Scattering Cross Sections with the MicroBooNE Detector . MicroBooNE Collaboration • P. Abratenko (Tufts U.) et al. e-Print: 2006.00108 [hep-ex]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.201803. Published in: Phys.Rev.Lett. 125 (2020) 20, 201803. [link]

First results on ProtoDUNE-SP liquid argon time projection chamber performance from a beam test at the CERN Neutrino Platform . DUNE Collaboration • B. Abi (Oxford U.) et al. e-Print: 2007.06722 [physics.ins-det]. DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/15/12/P12004. Published in: JINST 15 (2020), P12004. [link]

Measurement of Differential Cross Sections for $\nu_\mu$-Ar Charged-Current Interactions with Protons and no Pions in the Final State with the MicroBooNE Detector. MicroBooNE Collaboration • P. Abratenko (Tufts U.) et al. e-Print: 2010.02390 [hep-ex]. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.102.112013. Published in: Phys.Rev.D 102 (2020) 11, 112013. [link]


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