Fan Gao


I am broadly interested in neutrino physics. The experiment I am working on is NOvA (NuMI Off-Axis νe Appearance), which is a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, designed to search for oscillations of muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos by comparing the electron neutrino event rate measured by the near detector at the Fermilab with the electron neutrino event rate measured by the far detector in northern Minnesota, 810 kilometers away from Fermilab. I am studying the precise measurement of neutrino-nucleus cross sections in the near detector physics and it will help to constrain the uncertainties in neutrino oscillation measurements. I am also involved in the NOvA test beam program, which uses a scaled-down NOvA detector, exposed to a beam of tagged electrons, muons, pions, and protons, to precisely measure the detector’s muon energy scale and electromagnetic and hadronic response, and further to reduce the systematic errors in our detectors.





Graduate Advisor

Donna Naples