I am an Associate Professor at Tufts University. The principal focus of my research is a subatomic particle called the neutrino. Although the neutrino is the most common form of matter in the universe, many of its basic properties remain unknown.

I work on several experiments at Fermilab which are trying to clarify our understanding of the neutrino. The MINOS and NoVA experiments use remote detectors located in Northern Minnesota to search for evidence of neutrino oscillations, a quantum mechanical phenomenon which can only occur if neutrinos have mass.

Despite the fact that they only interact with matter weakly, neutrinos have proven to be a very effective probe of the fundamental constituents of matter such as the quarks. The MINERvA experiment will use neutrinos as a probe to study the nature of matter in new and more precise ways.

One of the main areas of my research is the development of software to simulate neutrino-nucleus interactions. This software is used in the planning of future experiments, the design of detectors, and data analysis. These packages, known as event generators, bring together a wide variety of theoretical models and are used, together with highly detailed computer models of the detectors, as the embodiment of the particle physics “standard model” to which our data will ultimately be compared.

The other focus of my work is in the area of math and science education. I work with colleagues at Tufts and Boston-area schools to help train and mentor middle-school and high-school teachers.


To find out more about the collaborations and projects I am involved in:

  • MINOS – A two-detector neutrino oscillation experiment using the Fermilab NuMI neutrino beam and a 5400 ton far detector located in the Soudan Mine, MN.
  • NoVA – An off-axis neutrino oscillation experiment with a Far Detector in Ash River, MN. This experiment will search for electron neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam.
  • Minerva – A neutrino scattering experiment using the Fermilab NuMI beam that will study nuclei, nucleons and quarks using the weak force.
  • GENIE – A collaboration to develop and support an object-oriented neutrino event generator which comprehensively describes neutrino interactions from 100 MeV to 1 TeV.

Recent Publications

  • The GENIE Neutrino Monte Carlo Generator. C. Andreopoulos et al., Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A614:87-104 (2010).
  • Search for Sterile Neutrino Mixing in the MINOS Long Baseline Experiment. P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. D81, 052004 (2010).
  • Neutrino and Antineutrino Inclusive Charged-Current Cross Section Measurements With the MINOS Near Detector. P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. D81, 072002 (2010).
  • The Renaissance of Neutrino Interaction Physics. Hugh Gallagher, AIP Conf. Proc. 1182:22-27 (2009).
  • Neutrino Event Generators: A Review. Hugh Gallagher, AIP Conf. Proc. 1189:35-42 (2009).
  • Search For Muon-Neutrino to Electron-Neutrino Transitions in MINOS. P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 261802 (2009).
  • First Measurement of nu(mu) and nu(e) Events in an Off-Axis Horn-Focused Neutrino Beam.
    P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 211801 (2009).
  • A Hadronization Model for Few-GeV Neutrino Interactions.
    T. Yang et al., Eur. Phys. Jour. C 63:1-10 (2009).
  • A Study of Muon Neutrino Disappearance Using the Fermilab Main Injector Neutrino Beam.
    P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. D77, 072002 (2008).
  • The Magnetized Scintillator and Steel Calorimeters of the MINOS Experiment.
    D. G. Michael et al., Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A 596 (2008).
  • Hadronic Shower Energy Scale Uncertainty in the MINOS Experiment.
    S. Dytman, H.Gallagher and M. Kordosky, e-Print:arXiv:0806.2119 (2008).
  • Search for Active Neutrino Disappearance Using Neutral-Current Interactions in the MINOS Long-Baseline Experiment.
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 221804 (2008).
  • Testing Lorentz Invariance and CPT Conservation with NuMI Neutrinos in the MINOS Near Detector.
    P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 151601 (2008).
  • Measurement of Neutrino Oscillations with the MINOS Detectors in the NuMI Beam.
    P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 131802 (2008).

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