School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Jeanne Wilson

Jeanne

Reader in Particle Physics

Email: j.r.wilson@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 6149
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 415
Office Hours: During term-time 2018: Tuesday and Friday 2-3pm

Profile

Esteem

Leadership:

  • SNO+ co-Analysis Coordinator since 2008.
  • SNO+ Board Chair (2016-2017), Chair Elect (2015-2016)
  • SNO+ Mid-Level coordination group convener
  • QMUL SNO+ group PI
  • HyperK International Collaboration, Near Detector Working Group Co-Convener
  • HyperK UK STFC grant Near Detector Package Manager

Awards:

  • 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (for SNO and T2K contributions)
  • QM research excellence award, 2011
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship awarded in 2007
  • PPARC Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded in 2004.
  • RAS Penston prize, runner up 2004

Committees and Reviews:

  • Chair of the QMUL SPA EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) committee (successfully led submission for IoP JUNO Champion Award 2015 and Athena Silver Award 2015)
  • Member of QMUL Athena Swan Self Assessment Team
  • NuPhys 2018 Organisation Committee Member
  • STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship Review Panel, 2015-17

Undergraduate Teaching

Module Organiser for SPA4121: Mathematical Techniques 1. This is a core first year module for all Physics BSc and MPhys students at QMUL. 

I am the PPRC PhD Admissions tutor and the PASS coordinator (student mentoring scheme).

Previous Teaching Experience:

  • Undergraduate project supervision including projects on SNO+, HyperK and CERN@School Medipix detectors.
  • SPA4121 Mathematical Techniques 1 - Module organiser (2017-18, 19)
  • SPA4122 Mathematical Techniques 2 - Deputy module organiser (2017-18,19)
  • Synoptic physics tutor (2015-17)
  • Waves and Optics - Deputy module organiser (2015-17)
  • PHY101 Joint module organiser for Scientific Measurement lab course at QMUL for 2 years (2010-2011)
  • Tutoring Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Special Relativity and Circuit Theory at Oriel College, Oxford for 2 years (2008-2010)
  • Laboratory Demonstrating at Oxford and Sussex (Electronics, General Physics) (2000-2006)
  • Problem classes in Electromagnetics at Sussex (2004-2006)

 

Postgraduate Teaching

 

Research

Research Interests:

My research focuses on neutrino physics I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of world-leading experiments that address the major issues at the frontier of our knowledge in this field (SNO, COBRA, T2K, SNO+). I currently spend 10% of my research time on the T2K experiment: a long-baseline experiment in Japan that is making precision measurements of neutrino oscillation parameters using a powerful man-made neutrino beam and both a near and far detector. I spend 25% of my research time on the HyperK experiment, a proposed future long baseline experiment in Japan to probe leptonic CP violation amongst other physics. I spend the other 65% ofs my time on SNO+: a multi-purpose low background scintillator experiment that aims to address a range of critical issues in neutrino and solar physics 

SNO+ Work

SNO+ is uniquely situated to make two major measurements: a search for double beta decay, the golden channel for probing the fundamental nature of the neutrino, which could also provide information on the neutrino mass scale, and a measurement of low energy solar neutrino fluxes, which should not only provide an accurate test of neutrino oscillation theory and probe for possible new physics processes but will also help to reduce uncertainties in solar modelling and our understanding in stellar mechanisms in general. In addition, SNO+ can also measure anti-neutrinos from the earth and nearby reactors, can search for invisible modes on nucleon decay and is sensitive to galactic supernova bursts. 

I am co-Analysis Coordinator for SNO+, and as such have a keen interest in all the physics measurements we can make. I am also PI for the QMUL group. We have a strong track record in analysis and simulation software development, background characterisation and reduction and event reconstruction. We are currently working on a measurement of muon induced neutrons from the SNO+ water-fill data. Understanding neutron production at this depth would be of great interest to other low background experiments in particular dark matter searches.  

T2K Work

Since joining the T2K collaboration in January 2010 I have been involved in calibrating and understanding the response of the electromagnetic calorimeters, a major part of the near-detector suite build in the UK. In particular I developed and executed the attenuation calibration, using cosmic ray muon tracks to help improve our understanding of the energy response of these detectors. I have also worked on other aspects of calibration, cosmic muon simulations, written code to simulate the cosmic trigger response, and worked on reprocessing test-beam data and Monte Carlo samples. I am responsible for evaluating systematic uncertainties due to event pile-up effects in the near detector and was involved in extending our high-angle sensitivity for cross-section measurements by utilising the electromagnetic calorimeters in the muon event selections. 

HyperK Work

I am co-Convener of the international HyperK working group on Near Detectors responsible in part for coordinating efforts on upgrades of the existing T2K near detectors and new concepts that could be used for HyperK in the future, and also R&D into intermediate water cerenkov detectors at 1-2km from the beam. These detectors in combination should be responsible for reducing the systematics due to flux and cross-section uncertainties to a few percent, required for HyperK CP violation sensitivity. I am also work package manager for Near Detectors on the UK HyperK grant. I supervised my PhD student on the development of a fast reconstruction package for TITUS studies and studies for neutron multiplicity measurement at the proposed E61 intermediate water cherenkov detector.

Examples of research funding:

My Grants

In 2011 I was awarded an ERC starting grant of 1.345 million euros over 5 years for work on the SNO+ experiment (2011-2017 with extension). This supported two graduate students and RAs as well as myself.

In addition, I am co-investigator on the following grants:

  • PPRC Consolidated Grant - STFC (01/10/15 31/09/17)
  • Hyper-Kamiokande STFC grant
  • JENNIFER (H2020 RISE) grant
  • NExT studentship-SEPnet joint with the University of Southampton (01/10/14 30/09/17)
  • PPRC Consolidated Grant - STFC (01/10/10 31/09/14)
  • SNO+ M&O and travel Grant, STFC (01/10/12 31/09/15)
  • SNO+ PRD grant, STFC (2011)
  • HK Bridging Funds, STFC (2014)

Publications

PhD Supervision

Current PhD Students:

  • Billy Liggins, SNO+
  • Lorna Nolan, SNO+

Previous PhD Students:

  • Stefanie Langrock, SNO+. Graduated October 2016, Thesis title: Measurement of the Rayleigh Scattering Length and Background contributions during early data taking phases at SNO+
  • Nick Prouse. Graduated July 2018, Thesis title: The Intermediate Detector and Neutrino Phenomenology of the Hyper-Kamiokande Experiment
  • Evelina Arushanova, SNO+. Graduated September 2018, Thesis title: 
    Development of an Y90 calibration source and rejection of pileup backgrounds in the SNO+ experiment.

Potential thesis topics for future Phd students: This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.

Project Title

T2K and HyperK sensitivity studies and cross-section measurements

Anti-neutrino signals at SNO+

Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Search at SNO+

 

Performance

My Talks

A selection of my talks: