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Dr Linda Cremonesi

Dr Linda Cremonesi

Research Associate

Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st May 2015

Research summary

My research interest is mainly focused on neutrino physics and friends. By friends I mean particles produced in neutrino interactions (such as pions) or particles that could lead to the production of neutrinos, such as cosmic rays. My research mainly focuses on man made low energy neutrinos (used to study neutrino properties) and ultra high energy cosmic neutrinos (used to study the most remote corners of the universe).

Neutrinos are tiny particles that very rarely interact, hence they can travel long distances undisturbed and bring us information from the most remote corners of the universe. In 2015 I joined the ANtarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) experiment to look for neutrino signals in Antarctica. ANITA is a radio interferometer attached to a giant balloon that flies above Antarctica looking for coherent radio impulses coming from ultra high energy neutrino or cosmic ray interactions. Below is a picture I took of the ANITA instrument at the NASA Long Duration Balloon facility in McMurdo, Antarctica, before the 2016 flight.

 The ANITA instrument before launch at the NASA Long Duration Balloon facility in Antarctica 2016.

Understanding neutrino properties is fundamental to answer fundamental questions about the universe, like why is the universe dominated by matter and not anti-matter? To answer this question I have been involved in World leading long baseline neutrino experiments in both Japan and the US. Long baseline neutrino experiments use accelerator made low energy (<5GeV) to study how neutrinos change flavour and if the neutrinos and antineutrinos changes in flavour happen in the same way. During my PhD I worked on the T2K experiment in Japan, where I performed the very first measurement of muon neutrino charged current single pion production cross-section on water, providing additional insights on how neutrinos interact. Since 2015 I have been involved in the NOvA long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, contributing to the neutrino flavour oscillation analysis and leading the neutrino beam simulation efforts.

Education

University College London
AFHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2018
Queen Mary College, University of London
PhD, Physics | 2015
University College London
MSc, Physics | 2011
Universita degli Studi di Milano
BSc, Physics | 2010

Biography

My involvement in particle physics started in Italy, where I gained a Bachelor in Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano in 2010. I went on to complete a Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy at University College London, where I hunted very dense materials by using the natural radiation from cosmic rays. During my PhD at Queen Mary University of London, I studied the changes of various neutrino flavours at the T2K experiment to understand why there is so much matter (and not antimatter!) in the universe. In 2015 I joined UCL as a Research Associate and became an UltraHighEnergyNeutrinoHunter, using radio antennas attached to a balloon and buried 200m deep in ice as part of the ANITA and ARA experiments in Antarctica. Since 2015 I've also been involved in the NOvA long baseline to further my research in neutrino oscillations.

From December 2013 I've been involved in the organisation of some of the events of the Pint of Science Festival, bringing together academics from the Physics Department to provide a platform that allows people to discuss research with those conducting it (in the pub!). I've also spoken at a variety of science outreach events, including Radio McMurdo (Antarctica), Science Museum LATES, Out Thinkers, Physics Unbound and others.

 Dr Linda Cremonesi, UCL Research Associate

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