My interests lie in all areas of neutrino physics and lepton flavour violation but the bulk of my past research has focused upon neutrino oscillations as part of the international T2K experiment. As part of T2K I had responsibilities for the GRID computing and I convened the experiments computing group. I also developed new data analysis techniques using multivariate statistical methods and reconstruction software.
T2KFor over 8 years I worked alongside an international collaboration of around 500 scientists and engineers on the Tokai to Kamioka (T2K) experiment. We are using the smallest and least understood of the fundamental particles to get a clearer picture of what may have been happening just after the Big Bang to produce all we see around us.
J-PARCIn the T2K (Tokai2Kamioka) experiment we begin our science in a chain of death and birth to create the worlds most powerful beam of neutrino particles at the J-PARC facility in Tokai, Japan
ND280The T2K ND280 near detector characterises the beam of neutrinos created by the J-PARC proton accelerator by sampling just a handful of the billions fired in bullet sized packets. The beam then travels on to the Super-Kamiokande detector 295km to the west where is is sampled a second time.
Super KamiokandeAfter 295km the neutrino beam of the T2K experiment reaches the massive Super-Kamiokande detector. The types and energy of neutrino are sampled once more and the results compared with that from the sampling in the ND280 near detector. The difference in type at certain energies tell us about the deep characteristics of the neutrino.
Grid ComputingI co-founded the computing group and set up the computing used in the T2K experiment.