Hugh Gallagher

_MG_7598Hugh is an Associate Professor at Tufts University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy. His research centers on 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. He works 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. In addition, one of the main areas of his 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.