IU Nuclear Physics

Accelerator Neutrino Group

Our group investigates the properties and interactions of neutrinos. This includes both the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations as well as using the neutrino to probe the structure of the nucleon and nucleus. The phenomenon of neutrino oscillations, where a neutrino of one type spontaneously transforms into another, has important and far-reaching implications for particle physics and cosmology. For this to occur, at least one neutrino must be massive and the heretofore-observed lepton-flavor conservation law must be violated. Neutrino oscillations have been observed in a variety of experiments thoughout the world. We are currently looking more carefully at one class of these observations called "short-baseline-oscillations". The neutrino may also be as a probe to investigate the structure of the nucleus and nucleon as seen by the electroweak force.

We do this work...
with support from the National Science Foundation
at Indiana University-Bloomington
within the Physics Department
at the IU CEEM (Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter)
located in ISAT hall on IUB campus.


Currently, our group is:
  • Rex Tayloe (group leader)
  • Robert Cooper (postdoc, Fermilab IF Fellow)
  • Lance Garrison (former! grad student, Ph.D. Spring 2014, thesis )
  • Tyler Thornton (grad student)
  • Matt Heath (grad student)
  • Ethan Steele (undergrad)

Current Projects


MiniBooNE (Mini Booster Neutrino Experiment) is a neutrino oscillation experiment at Fermilab. We recently finished a 10-year phase of running. Our findings on neutrino oscillations and interactions are listed on our publications page. We are currently searching for sub-GEV dark matter with MiniBooNE.


CENNS (Coherent Elastic Neutrino Nucleus Scattering) Experiment is a project in the R&D phase with a goal of making the first measurement of coherent neutrino nucleus scattering. This process has never been observed and is important to measure to understand dark matter interactions as well as fundamental nuclear physics. We are currently investigating the feasibility of experiments at Fermilab and the ORNL SNS.

Here is our paper describing the experiment as we hope to do it at Fermilab:

  • "A New Method for Measuring Coherent Elastic Neutrino Nucleus Scattering at an Off-Axis High-Energy Neutrino Beam Target", CENNS Collaboration, Phys.Rev.D 89, 072004 (2014). Inspirehep.net Link

SciBath is a detector development project with the goal of producing a precise, large volume, liquid scintillation, tracking detector to use for the study of neutrinos and neutrons.

Past Projects

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