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Antonin Vacheret

STFC Advanced Fellow

I am the UK principal investigator of the SoLid neutrino oscillation experiment and since September 2014 its spokesperson. In parallel I am also leading the MARS technology project.

I have been a T2K collaborator since 2005 leading the near detector calorimeter photo-sensor work package, the near detector calibration and neutral pion analysis group. More recently I have been helping with the review of ongoing analyses for the T2K publication board.

I got my Ph. D. in December 2004 from the University of Strasbourg (joint research with CEA-Saclay/SPhN), France. My thesis focused on the E158 experiment to probe new physics at the TeV scale which ran at SLAC, California, USA.

I started my research in neutrino physics in 2005 on the T2K experiment as a research associate in the High Energy Physics group at Imperial College London. I joined the Oxford Particle Physics group in September 2011.

My main area of research is the physics of neutrinos.

I dedicate most of my time on the SoLid experiment, a project I initiated in 2012 and for which I am now the spokesperson. The aim of the experiment is to search for a new kind of matter called 'sterile neutrino' with a mass of around 1 eV. The sterile neutrino doesn't interact with any known standard model particle and could be the explanation behind measurements from recent experiments conducted at short oscillation distances. Such a discovery would be a complete surprise and can potentially revolutionise Particle Physics.

I am also a collaborator of the long baseline neutrino experiment T2K in Japan which, in 2012, discovered \nu_{\mu} to \nu_{e} appearance and later confirmed a large value of the third neutrino mixing angle. T2K has also made the most precise measurement of the so-called atmospheric mixing angle.

I am keen to push scientific developments for wider use. Such technological developments add new constraints on cost and reliability when applied to real world problem which in turns enable further science research.

Through the MARS project I am developing the next generation of radiation detectors for applications in science and in industry. The recent shortage of Helium-3 has opened the opportunity to develop alternative neutron detector system and the technology developed in the MARS project aims to provide a high performance and cost-effective alternative to the Helium-3 based instruments. Such development have also lead to the design of a novel anti-neutrino detector which is now used in the SoLid experiment.

I take on occasional consulting works for the University and joined the team of consultants at Vorteq Consulting.

I am also Chair of the novel approach and novel technology (NA/NT) working group of the European Safeguards Research & Development Association (ESARDA).