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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Dr Nicola McConkey


Ernest Rutherford Fellow l Lecturer in Particle Physics

Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 123


Nicola McConkey is an experimental particle physicist with a particular interest in neutrino interactions and detector development. 

She works in three large international collaborations Short-Baseline Near Detector (SBND), DUNE and MicroBooNE, using liquid argon detectors to measure neutrino interactions.  Personal highlights of this are leading the assembly and installation of SBND, and making the first high statistics measurements of the electron neutrino interactions on argon with MicroBooNE. 

She also works on the Quantum Technologies for Neutrino Mass collaboration. This new experiment will develop and exploit novel technologies for measuring the neutrino mass.

In 2022 she was awarded an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship. She joined the Particle Physics Research Centre as a Fellow and Lecturer in particle physics in 2024. 


Research Interests:

- Short-Baseline Near Detector (link:

- Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (link:

- MicroBooNE (link:

- Quantum Technologies for Neutrino Mass


[1] P. Abratenko et al. [MicroBooNE], “Measurement of the Flux-Averaged Inclusive Charged-Current Electron

Neutrino and Antineutrino Cross Section on Argon using the NuMI Beam and the MicroBooNE Detector,”

Phys. Rev. D 104 (2021) no.5, 052002

[2] P. Abratenko et al. [MicroBooNE], “First Measurement of Inclusive Electron-Neutrino and Antineutrino

Charged Current Differential Cross Sections in Charged Lepton Energy on Argon in MicroBooNE” Phys.

Rev. D 105 L051102 (2022)

[3] B. Abi et al. [DUNE], “First results on ProtoDUNE-SP liquid argon time projection chamber performance

from a beam test at the CERN Neutrino Platform,” JINST 15 (2020) no.12, P12004

[4] R. Acciarri et al. [SBND] “Construction of precision wire readout planes for the Short-Baseline Near

Detector (SBND),” JINST 15 (2020) no.06, P06033

[5] N. McConkey, N. Spooner, M. Thiesse, M. Wallbank and T. K. Warburton, “Cryogenic CMOS Cameras

for High Voltage Monitoring in Liquid Argon,” JINST 12 (2017) no.03, P03014

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