Neutrinos, DUNE, and the High Voltage Testing of Fiber Reinforced Plastic

By Jennifer B. Tyler


Glenn Horton-Smith, Associate Professor of Physics

Tim Bolton, Professor of Physics


Kansas State University Physics Department  REU Program

This work is partially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) through NSF grant number PHYS-1461251. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF or AFOSR.


Below, I describe the Project Overview, my Research Description, my Research Progress, and will eventually post my Final Presentation.  Scroll all the way down to learn more About Me.  Finally, I've included some Useful Links.


Click here to view my photogallery.


Project Overview:

My project this summer has been to test and collect data about the resistivity of different types of Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (FRP). I tested three types of FRP: standard grade, fire-retardant, and electrical grade. One of these types will be used to build the field cage of the DUNE Far Detector. FRP’s are normally highly-resistive materials, so high voltage was used (ranging from 500-2900 Volts) to collect the data needed to determine the resistivity of each type


     Research Description:   Please make this accessible to a prospective REU student, and to a graduate student in your area of research.  Length and level of detail are largely up to you.  Check with                                                      your advisor before posting any new data or giving away any patentable intellectual property.   This can be a detailed description of your approach to your research, in                                                            step-by-step style, or a final report type review of your activities and findings.


     Research Progress:        I have made great progress!  I am currently done with the KSU 2016 Summer REU program, but I am continuing to analyze the data that was collected over the summer. This will                                                 be my senior research project at my home institution.


     Final Presentation:           Click here to download my presentation in Powerpoint and pdf formats. (Still working on it)


     About Me:                         Kansas State University’s REU program is the first REU program I have attended. I attend college at Point Loma Nazarene University. I first got interested in physics when I                                                 took my first physics class at community college. After taking Modern Physics, I decided I wanted to pursue my Ph.D. in particle or high energy physics.  I'm involved in PLNU’s                                                 chapter of the Society of Physics Students.


     Useful Links:                      I have found the following links particularly informative or useful:

                                                DUNE: Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

                                                American Physical Society Statements on Ethics

                                                American Institute of Physics


                                                HyperPhysics – Particle Concepts

                                                HyperPhysics – Electricity and Magnetism