I am a Research Associate working on the DEAP
experiment. I am the DEAP-3600 detector backgrounds task leader, and am
currently coordinating writing of the detector technical paper, and organizing
the commissioning calls. I also help with scheduling of the DEAP on-site
personnel shifts. I was also involved in building and testing of the resurfacer
that was used to remove the contaminated layer from the acrylic vessel inner
surface. I also help organizing local DEAP group meetings and lab activities. I
have a Bachelor's degree from University of Science and Technology of China and
a PhD from University of Minnesota--Twin Cities. I joined the group in 2006 as a
fresh PhD graduate. After a short stay in Caltech in 2009, I decided to move
back to Canada and have been with the group since.
I'm a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Tony Noble on the
PICASSO and PICO
dark matter search experiments at Snolab. I work both on and off-site on a range
of activities including detector operation, data analysis, and the development
of a small-size test bubble chamber at Queen's University. I earned my doctoral
degree in 2012 from Bern University, Switzerland, working with Dr. Jean-Luc
Vuilleumier. My dissertation research focused on the search for neutrinoless
double beta decay of xenon-136 within the EXO collaboration. After graduating, I
continued working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Vuilleumier on the
development of a novel light detection scheme for use in medium-pressure gas
TPCs. I hold a master's degree from Université de Montréal where I worked with
Dr. Viktor Zacek on the detector fabrication, installation, and data analysis of
the PICASSO experiment.
I am a research fellow in the Department of Physics at Queen's University. I
have joined the group in July, 2008. My project concentrates on astroparticle
physics at SNOLAB (2 km underground at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory site
near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) facility. My main activity involves
DEAP experiment (Dark matter search
with liquid argon). This experiment addresses questions about the nature of dark
matter and dark energy, and how these relate to the origins of our universe. The
work includes Monte-Carlo simulations with GEANT4 for detector design, detector
development, and data analysis for the extraction of physics results.
I started my work at Queen's in January 2009 and I'm focused on
matter experiment. Before, during my grad studies at the Jagiellonian
University in Krakow and at the Paul Scherrer Institute, I had been
involved in slightly different physics (physics of cold and ultracold
neutrons, neutron electric dipole moment). Currently, I am working mainly
on Monte Carlo simulations of the detector and reduction of radioactive
backgrounds (using ultra pure polymer coatings), plus some unrelated R&D
and mining, occasionally.
Hi! After I completed my PhD at Virginia-Tech, I joined
SNO+ with the Queen's group to
continue research in ultra-low background neutrino physics as a post-doctoral
fellow. I am currently focusing on purification of a major component of our
liquid scintillator that will be used in the neutrinoless double beta decay
phase of SNO+. In spare time, I try
to help with detector calibrations, various small-scale hardware projects, and
software development or analysis whenever possible. Personally, my humble goal
at Queen's is to help improve precision measurement of the solar neutrino
spectrum and get a glimpse into the (hopefully dual) nature of a neutrino
Current Status of Past Postdocs
PostDoc at University of Alberta.
Research scientist at Chalk River.
PostDoc at University of Geneva.
SNOLAB associate director in Sudbury.
Faculty position at Carleton.
Lecturer at University of Lancaster, UK.
Faculty position at University of Alberta.
Staff physicist at LIP, Lisbon, Portugal.
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