Neutrino and Nuclear Physics
B.S., Purdue University, 1986.
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995.
Postdoctoral Position: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Phone: Swain West 336 (812)856-4320 | IUCF (812)855-3057
Email: rtayloe indiana.edu
Neutrino Physics - both the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations as well as using the neutrino to probe the structure of the nucleon.
The phenomenon of neutrino oscillations, where a neutrino of one type spontaneously transforms into another, has important and far-reaching implications for particle physics and cosmology. For this to occur, at least one neutrino must be massive and the heretofore-observed lepton-flavor conservation law must be violated.
Neutrino oscillations have been observed in a variety of experiments thoughout the world. We are looking more carefully at one of these observations in an experiment called MiniBooNE at Fermilab.
The neutrino may also be as a probe to investigate nuclear structure. We are currently designing an experiment called FINeSE which will measure the strange quark contribution to the proton spin by elastically scattering neutrinos from protons.