The Parno Group

Experimental neutrino physics at Carnegie Mellon University


I am an experimental physicist at Carnegie Mellon University. As an Assistant Research Professor, I am involved in two main experiments: KATRIN, an effort in southwestern Germany to measure the absolute mass scale of the neutrino using tritium beta decay, and TRIMS, an effort in Seattle to test the molecular-physics theories that will be used in extracting the final KATRIN result). My group is involved with maintenance, operation and characterization of the main KATRIN detector system; data-quality assurance for the entire experiment; and background studies. We are also working to understand the molecular physics of gaseous tritium sources more generally, both with anticipated KATRIN data and with a dedicated experiment in Seattle, the Tritium Recoil-Ion Mass Spectrometer (TRIMS). I also contribute to the COHERENT collaboration, which seeks to measure a predicted Standard-Model process -- coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering, or CEvNS -- using several different types of detectors at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

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