Dr Jeanne Wilson

Dr Jeanne Wilson

Reader in Particle Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 6149
Room: G O Jones 415

My research interests

My research has focused on neutrino physics for the past 15 years and I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of world-leading experiments that address the major issues at the frontier of our knowledge in this field (SNO, COBRA, T2K, SNO+). I currently spend 10% of my research time on the T2K experiment: a long-baseline experiment in Japan that is making precision measurements of neutrino oscillation parameters using the world's most powerful man-made neutrino beam and both a near and far detector. I spend 15% of my research time on the HyperK experiment, a proposed future long baseline experiment in Japan to probe leptonic CP violation amongst other physics. I spend the other 75% ofs my time on SNO+: a multi-purpose low background scintillator experiment that aims to address a range of critical issues in neutrino and solar physics 

SNO+ work

SNO+ is uniquely situated to make two major measurements: a search for double beta decay, the golden channel for probing the fundamental nature of the neutrino, which could also provide information on the neutrino mass scale, and a measurement of low energy solar neutrino fluxes, which should not only provide an accurate test of neutrino oscillation theory and probe for possible new physics processes but will also help to reduce uncertainties in solar modelling and our understanding in stellar mechanisms in general. I am co-Analysis Coordinator for SNO+, and as such have a keen interest in all the physics measurements we can make. I am also the Chair Elect of the SNO+ board and PI for the QMUL group. In addition to these responsibilities I am following an exciting research programme, funded by an ERC grant to develop two calibration techniques and improve on aspects of the solar and double beta analyses. In particular, we aim to use an embedded laser system to accurately measure the amount of scattering in the liquid scintillator and improve our understanding of the detector's optical response, and also to develop a beta emitting calibration source using 90Y in order to verify our understanding of the detector response to beta particles.

T2K work

Since joining the T2K collaboration in January 2010 I have been involved in calibrating and understanding the response of the electromagnetic calorimeters, a major part of the near-detector suite build in the UK. In particular I developed and executed the attenuation calibration, using cosmic ray muon tracks to help improve our understanding of the energy response of these detectors. I have also worked on other aspects of calibration, cosmic muon simulations, written code to simulate the cosmic trigger response, and worked on reprocessing test-beam data and Monte Carlo samples. I am responsible for evaluating systematic uncertainties due to event pile-up effects in the near detector and am involved in extending our high-angle sensitivity for cross-section measurements by utilising the electromagnetic calorimeters in the muon event selections. 

HyperK work

I am co-Convener of the international hyperK working group on Near Detectors and have been helping to coordinate efforts on upgrades of the existing near detector suite for T2K, that could be used for HyperK in the future, and also R&D into intermediate water cerenkov detectors at 1-2km from the beam. These detectors in combination should be responsible for reducing the systematics due to flux and cross-section uncertainties to a few percent, required for HyperK CP violation sensitivity. I am also work package manager for Physics and Software on the UK HyperK grant and have been heavily involved in the development of the TITUS intermediate detector proposal. I supervised my PhD student on the development of a fast reconstruction package for TITUS studies and am working with an undergraduate project to optimise the distribution of optical calibration fibres in the hyperK far detector.



  • SNO+ co-Analysis Coordinator since 2008.
  • SNO+ Board Chair (2016-2017), Chair Elect (2015-2016)
  • QMUL SNO+ group PI
  • HyperK International Collaboration, Near Detector Working Group Co-Convener
  • HyperK UK Physics and Software Package Manager


  • 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (for SNO and T2K contributions)
  • QM research excellence award, 2011
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship awarded in 2007
  • PPARC Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded in 2004.
  • RAS Penston prize, runner up 2004

Committees and Reviews:

  • Chair of the QMUL SPA JUNO committee (successfully led submission for IoP JUNO Champion Award 2015 and Athena Silver Award 2015)
  • Member of QMUL Athena Swan Self Assessment Team
  • Member of QMUL Equality and Diversity Committee
  • STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship Review Panel, 2015-17

My teaching

I am currently focusing on my research and not teaching any lecture courses, but have supervised a number of undergraduate, masters and internship, projects on SNO+, HyperK and CERN@School Medipix detectors. I also tutor Synoptic physics and am deputy module organiser for Waves and Oscillations.

I am the PPRC PhD Admissions tutor and the PASS coordinator (student mentoring scheme).

Previous teaching experience:

  • PHY101 Joint module organiser for Scientific Measurement lab course at QMUL for 2 years (2010-2011)
  • Tutoring Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Special Relativity and Circuit Theory at Oriel College, Oxford for 2 years (2008-2010)
  • Laboratory Demonstrating at Oxford and Sussex (Electronics, General Physics) (2000-2006)
  • Problem classes in Electromagnetics at Sussex (2004-2006)

Current PhD Students:

  • Evelina Arushanova, SNO+
  • Nick Prouse, HK / joint Southampton SepNET
  • Billy Liggins, SNO

Previous PhD Students:

  • Stefanie Langrock, SNO+. Graduated October 2016, Thesis title: Measurement of the Rayleigh Scattering Length and Background contributions during early data taking phases at SNO+

My grants

In 2011 I was awarded an ERC starting grant of 1.345 million euros over 5 years for work on the SNO+ experiment (2011-2016). This supports two graduate students and RAs as well as myself.

In addition, I am co-investigator on the following grants:

  • PPRC Consolidated Grant - STFC (01/10/15 31/09/17)
  • Hyper-Kamiokande STFC grant
  • JENNIFER (H2020 RISE) grant
  • NExT studentship-SEPnet joint with the University of Southampton (01/10/14 30/09/17)
  • PPRC Consolidated Grant - STFC (01/10/10 31/09/14)
  • SNO+ M&O and travel Grant, STFC (01/10/12 31/09/15)
  • SNO+ PRD grant, STFC (2011)
  • HK Bridging Funds, STFC (2014)

My talks

A selection of my talks:

Selected publications

Measurement of Muon Antineutrino Oscillations with an Accelerator-Produced Off-Axis Beam.
Abe K, Andreopoulos C, Antonova M et al.
Phys Rev Lett, Volume 116, issue 18, page 181801, 6th May 2016.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.181801

Current Status and Future Prospects of the SNO+ Experiment
Andringa S, Arushanova E, Asahi S et al.
Advances in High Energy Physics, Volume 2016, 1st January 2016.
DOI: 10.1155/2016/6194250

Physics potential of a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment using a J-PARC neutrino beam and Hyper-Kamiokande
Abe K, Aihara H, Andreopoulos C et al.
Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Volume 2015, issue 5, 19th May 2015.
DOI: 10.1093/ptep/ptv061

Measurements of neutrino oscillation in appearance and disappearance channels by the T2K experiment with 6.6 × 1020protons on target
Abe K, Adam J, Aihara H et al.
Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, Volume 91, issue 7, 29th April 2015.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.91.072010

The calibration system for the photomultiplier array of the SNO+ experiment
Alves R, Andringa S, Bradbury S et al.
Journal of Instrumentation, Volume 10, issue 3, 3rd March 2015.
DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/10/03/P03002

Precise measurement of the neutrino mixing parameter θ23from muon neutrino disappearance in an off-axis beam
Abe K, Adam J, Aihara H et al.
Physical Review Letters, Volume 112, issue 18, 8th May 2014.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.181801

Observation of electron neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam
Abe K, Adam J, Aihara H et al.
Physical Review Letters, Volume 112, issue 6, 10th February 2014.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.061802

Measurement of neutrino oscillation parameters from muon neutrino disappearance with an off-axis beam
Abe K, Adam J, Aihara H et al.
Physical Review Letters, Volume 111, issue 21, 19th November 2013.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.211803

Evidence of electron neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam
Abe K, Abgrall N, Aihara H et al.
PHYSICAL REVIEW D, Volume 88, issue 3, 5th August 2013.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.88.032002

Low-energy-threshold analysis of the Phase I and Phase II data sets of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Aharmim B, Ahmed SN, Anthony AE et al.
PHYS REV C, Volume 81, issue 5, 1st May 2010.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.81.055504

Electron energy spectra, fluxes, and day-night asymmetries of B-8 solar neutrinos from measurements with NaCl dissolved in the heavy-water detector at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Aharmim B, Ahmed SN, Anthony AE et al.
PHYS REV C, Volume 72, issue 5, 1st November 2005.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.055502

Direct evidence for neutrino flavor transformation from neutral-current interactions in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Ahmad QR, Allen RC, Andersen TC et al.
PHYS REV LETT, Volume 89, issue 1, 1st July 2002.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.89.011301