I have done work for both NEWS
and DEAP. I have a Bachelor's
degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and a PhD from the
University of Minnesota--Twin Cities. I joined the group in 2006 as a fresh PhD
graduate. After a short stay in Caltech in 2009, I decided to move back to
Canada and have been with the Queen's Physics department since.
I joined the CUTE facility team at Queen's University in early 2018. My main
efforts are dedicated on maintenance and operation of the CUTE cryostat:
planning, prioritizing and performing various scientific runs. Since receiving
my PhD from the Kiev Institute for Nuclear Research in 2011, my research has
focused on the field of rare nuclear processes, like direct detection of dark
matter particles, neutrinoless double beta decay and rare alpha decay
investigation, as well as on the development of various low-background detectors
for those processes. During period 2012-2017 I have worked for the CUPID-0
project at Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory (Italy) taking care of development,
production, machining and final commissioning of the low-background enriched
Zn82Se scintillating crystals.
I joined the NEWS-G experiment at Queen's in early 2016 as a
postdoctoral fellow after I completed my PhD in Fance within the
EDELWEISS collaboration (Direct dark matter searches using HP-Ge
crystals). I've been mainly focusing on the analysis of WIMP search data
taken with a prototype for NEWS-G : a 60 cm diameter sphere installed
at the LSM (Underground Laboratory in France). In parallel, I split my
time between lab activities and simulations for electron drift times
I started my work at Queen's in January 2009 and I'm focused on
matter experiment. Before, during my grad studies at the Jagiellonian
University in Krakow and at the Paul Scherrer Institute, I had been
involved in slightly different physics (physics of cold and ultracold
neutrons, neutron electric dipole moment). Currently, I am working mainly
on Monte Carlo simulations of the detector and reduction of radioactive
backgrounds (using ultra pure polymer coatings), plus some unrelated R&D
and mining, occasionally.
Hi! After I completed my PhD at Virginia-Tech, I joined
SNO+ with the Queen's group to
continue research in ultra-low background neutrino physics as a post-doctoral
fellow. I am currently focusing on purification of a major component of our
liquid scintillator that will be used in the neutrinoless double beta decay
phase of SNO+. In spare time, I try
to help with detector calibrations, various small-scale hardware projects, and
software development or analysis whenever possible. Personally, my humble goal
at Queen's is to help improve precision measurement of the solar neutrino
spectrum and get a glimpse into the (hopefully dual) nature of a neutrino
Current Status of Past Postdocs
PostDoc at University of Alberta.
Research scientist at Chalk River.
Research scientist at Uppsala University, Sweden.
PostDoc at University of Geneva.
SNOLAB associate director in Sudbury.
Faculty position at Carleton.
Lecturer at University of Lancaster, UK.
Faculty position at University of Alberta.
Staff physicist at LIP, Lisbon, Portugal.
Patent Examiner (Civil Engineering, Thermodynamics) with the European Patent Office.
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