Benjamin Messerly


NPL 309 Desk #1 Neutrino Lab
Graduate Student


The discovery that neutrinos exhibit the quantum phenomena of "oscillation" is forcing physicists to re-work the present theory of fundamental particles and the forces between them. But the new era of "long-baseline oscillation" experiments built to study neutrino oscillation first require a thorough understanding of neutrino interactions with matter.

My research thus focuses on these challenges that oscillation experiments face. My primary work is on on the MINERvA experiment, located in the NuMI neutrino beamline at Fermilab. MINERvA is a neutrino scattering experiment designed to aid oscillation experiments by measuring precision cross sections and by studying nuclear effects of neutrino interactions with various nuclei.

I am also interested in the generation of neutrino beams used in oscillation experiments. On MINERvA I help model the beam, and I also collaborate with the NA61/SHINE experiment at CERN, which studies the creation of neutrino beams and helps constrain beam models.


Graduate Advisor

Vittorio Paolone