Donna Naples

Contact

415 Allen Hall
dnaples@pitt.edu
(412) 624-9038
Professor

Research

My research is in the area of elementary particle physics and focuses on the study of neutrinos. Neutrinos are arguably the least well understood of the known fundamental particles. I studying their fundamental properties such as their masses, mixing and interations in matter. My experiments are currently based at Fermilab using the NuMI high intensity neutrino beam. I currently work on the long-baseline oscillation experiment  NOvA  as well as  MicroBooNE, which searches for eV scale sterile neutrinos and Minerva, measuring neutrino cross sections in matter. Planning for the next generation long-baseline oscillation experiment DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) which will help us further unravel neutrino mysteries, is now underway. It which will make use of a high intensity neutrino beam aimed at a 40Kton liquid argon TPC detector located in the Homestake mine in South Dakota. 

 

Selected Publications

  • "Electron neutrino and antineutrino appearance in the full MINOS data sample", P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 , 171801 (2013).
  • "A search for non-standard neutrino flavor-changing interactions by MINOS,", P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. D88 , 072011 (2013).
  • "Measurement of Muon Antineutrino Quasielastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target at E=3.5 GeV", MINERvA Collaboration, (L. Fields, et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 022510 (2013).
  • "Observation of Electron Neutrino Appearance in a Muon Neutrino Beam ,", T2K Collaboration, (K. Abe et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett.112. , 061802 (2014).
  • " Methods to Determine Neutrino Flux at Low Energies: Investigation of the Low-nu Method.", A. Bodek, U. Sarica, D. Naples, L. Ren, Eur. Physa. J C72, 1973 (2012).

Graduate Advisor

Lu Ren