Gregory Pawloski

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Gregory Pawloski

Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


Physics And Nanotechnology Building
Room 344
115 Union St. Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Rice University 
- PhD Thesis: The Study of Wγ Production at DØ: Anomalous Coupling Limits and the Radiation Amplitude Zero

Research Interests

My area of expertise is in experimental high energy physics with experience in both hadron collider and neutrino oscillation physics. Most recently, I have been fascinated by the neutrino sector of particle physics. Although the existence of these particles has been known for many decades, much is still unknown about them. What is the ordering of the neutrinos? Is there CP-violation in the lepton sector? Are neutrinos responsible for leptogenesis? Can neutrinos lead to a discovery of physics beyond the standard model of particle physics? The answers to these questions could have a profound impact on our fundamental understanding of the physical universe.

Currently, I contribute to the MINOS, NOvA, and DUNE experimental collaborations. These experiments study neutrino oscillation phenomena and rely on two distantly separated detectors to measure the composition of the neutrino flavors along a beam line produced at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

In the MINOS collaboration, I am a leader of the analysis effort that is searching for exotic electron-neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam. If exotic electron-neutrino appearance is observed, then this would potentially indicate the presence of sterile neutrinos or nonstandard neutrino interactions with matter. Our current limits on nonstandard neutrino interactions can be found here.

In the NOvA collaboration, I am a leader of the analysis effort that is measuring the disappearance of muon neutrinos. During the summer of 2016, we released exciting results from this analysis. A description of the results can be found here.

The DUNE experiment is currently in development and is anticipated to take data in the coming decade. I am involved in the prototyping effort that seeks to record data in a particle beam at CERN.

Research Group
Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS)
NuMI Off-axis ve Appearance (NOvA)
Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE)

Selected Publications

  1. Acero, M.A. (The NOvA Collaboration) Extended search for supernovalike neutrinos in NOvA coincident with LIGO/Virgo detections (2021) Physical Review D, 104 (6), art. no. 063024

  2. Acero, M.A. (The NOvA Collaboration) Seasonal variation of multiple-muon cosmic ray air showers observed in the NOvA detector on the surface (2021) Physical Review D, 104 (1), art. no. 012014

  3. Abi, B. (DUNE Collaboration) Supernova neutrino burst detection with the deep underground neutrino experiment: DUNE Collaboration
    (2021) European Physical Journal C, 81 (5), art. no. 423

  4. Abi, B. (DUNE Collaboration) Prospects for beyond the Standard Model physics searches at the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment: DUNE Collaboration
    (2021) European Physical Journal C, 81 (4), art. no. 322

  5. Acero, M.A. (The NOvA Collaboration) Search for slow magnetic monopoles with the NOvA detector on the surface (2021) Physical Review D, 103 (1), art. no. 012007

  6. Abi, B. First results on ProtoDUNE-SP liquid argon time projection chamber performance from a beam test at the CERN Neutrino Platform (2020) Journal of Instrumentation, 15 (12), art. no. P12004

  7. Acero, M.A. Adjusting neutrino interaction models and evaluating uncertainties using NOvA near detector data (2020) European Physical Journal C, 80 (12), art. no. 1119

  8. Abi, B. Neutrino interaction classification with a convolutional neural network in the DUNE far detector (2020) Physical Review D, 102 (9), art. no. 092001

  9. Abi, B. (DUNE Collaboration) Long-baseline neutrino oscillation physics potential of the DUNE experiment: DUNE Collaboration (2020) European Physical Journal C, 80 (10), art. no. 978

  10. Acero, M.A. (The NOvA Collaboration) Supernova neutrino detection in NOvA (2020) Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2020 (10), art. no. 014

Advisees and Collaborators

Graduate Students

  • Adam Schreckenberger (MINOS, PhD 2013)
  • Kanika Sachdev (NOvA, PhD 2015)
  • Dominick Rocco (NOvA, PhD 2016)
  • Vladimir Bychkov (NOvA, current)
  • Jarrett Brown (DUNE, NOvA, current)

Research Associates

  • Marianna Gabrielyan (MINOS, NOvA, current)