Dr Asher Kaboth

Research interests

I work on detecting extremely rare events, pursing physics that goes from the very smallest scales to information about the structure and composition of the universe. 

I work on the T2K experiment where I study neutrino oscillation—the phenomenon by which neutrinos change 'flavor' as they travel through space and time—in order to understand if neutrinos and antineutrinos behave in different ways. We hope that understanding if they do may help us understand why we see so much more matter than antimatter in our universe. I'm also interested in new detector development to help us do this with ever greater precision.

I also work on the LZ experiment, which will be the world's largest and most sensitive liquid xenon dark matter experiement when it turns on in 2019. Dark matter is 25% of our universe's energy budget, and we're hoping to see it with our beautiful instrument. I work particularly in the calibration of the detector, to ensure that we know exactly what we're seeing in it!

Educational background

I joined the Department of Physics as a Lecturer in 2015. Previously, I was a Research Associate from 2012-2015 at Imperial College London, where I worked on the T2K experiment. I did my PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2006-2012, where I worked on the KATRIN and DMTPC experiments. I earned my A.B. in physics  from the University of Chicago in 2006. 

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