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College of Arts and Sciences

Mark Messier

Mark Messier Professor
High Energy Experiment & Neutrino Physics

M.I.T. 1993
Ph.D., Boston University, 1999

Office: Swain West 302
Phone: (812) 855-0236
Email: messier at

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Professor Messier focuses his research on the experimental study of neutrinos. Neutrinos are among the most abundant particles in the universe, yet they remain the least understood fundamental particle. Despite their small masses neutrinos contribute nearly as much to the total mass of the universe as stars and planets and their tiny masses are likely associated with new physics at very high energies. Neutrinos may also be linked to the predominance of matter over antimatter in the universe. Messier serves as co-spokesperson for the NOvA experiment and is a member of the MINOS and MIPP collaborations.

Selected Publications

  • Active to sterile neutrino mixing limits from neutral-current interactions in MINOS. Phys.Rev.Lett. 107 (2011) 011802
  • First direct observation of muon antineutrino disappearance. MINOS Collaboration. Submitted to Phys.Rev.Lett.
  • Measurement of the neutrino mass splitting and flavor mixing by MINOS. The MINOS Collaboration. Phys.Rev.Lett. 106 (2011) 181801
  • Measurement of the underground atmospheric muon charge ratio using the MINOS Near Detector. Phys.Rev. D83 (2011) 032011
  • SciNOvA: A Measurement of Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering in a Narrow-Band Beam. FERMILAB-PROPOSAL-1003.
  • Forward Neutron Production at the Fermilab Main Injector. MIPP Collaboration. Phys.Rev. D83 (2011) 012002
  • Observation in the MINOS far detector of the shadowing of cosmic rays by the sun and moon. Astropart.Phys. 34 (2011) 457-466
  • A Search for Lorentz Invariance and CPT Violation with the MINOS Far Detector. Phys.Rev.Lett. 105 (2010) 151601
  • New constraints on muon-neutrino to electron-neutrino transitions in MINOS. Phys.Rev. D82 (2010) 051102
  • Search for sterile neutrino mixing in the MINOS long baseline experiment. Phys.Rev. D81 (2010) 052004