Georgia Karagiorgi receives NSF CAREER Award

Professor Georgia Karagiorgi has received a 2018 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for "Enabling a Rich Astro-particle and Exotic Physics Program in DUNE”. This award will support electronics and trigger development at Columbia’s Nevis Laboratories, including tests at the upcoming Short Baseline Neutrino Detector (SBND) Experiment at Fermilab, and it aims to expand DUNE's astro-particle and exotic physics reach.

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is a next-generation neutrino experiment which is currently under design and early construction stages. The experiment will involve a massive (40,000-ton) time-projection-chamber detector, optimized to detect neutrino interactions about a mile underground at Sanford Lab in South Dakota. This facility will observe interactions of neutrinos from a beam that originates at Fermilab and travels 800 miles to the DUNE detector in order to study neutrino oscillations; due to its large detector volume and underground placement, DUNE can also detect particles coming from astrophysical sources (e.g. neutrinos from the sun or from galactic supernova bursts) or from rare processes occurring within the detector itself. Through this NSF CAREER award, Prof. Karagiorgi seeks to develop ways to look for and identify rare signals of new physics in the detector data, which will be streaming out of the detector at a rate of a few terabytes per second.

This project will provide unique opportunities of student involvement in cutting edge research in readout electronics, detector R&D, and computer science applications for data handling and data analysis. It will also strengthen the undergraduate research experience of Columbia University students, including underrepresented groups, and further promote interdisciplinary research opportunities for physics and non-physics majors.

The complete abstract can be found here.