Stefano Roberto Soleti

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Stefano Roberto Soleti

DPhil Candidate in Particle Physics

I work on the MicroBooNE experiment, a liquid argon TPC designed for short-baseline neutrino physics located at Fermilab. My research is focused on the appearence of electron neutrinos in the detector.

Neutrinos are very lightweight particles (their mass is much lower than that of the other known elementary particles) which interact only via the weak subatomic force and gravity. Thus, neutrinos typically pass through normal matter without impediment and they are then very difficult to detect.

MicroBooNE is the biggest LArTPC currently active in the world and provides very high-resolution images of the neutrino interactions. The experiment first started collecting neutrino data in October 2015. MicroBooNE will measure low energy neutrino cross sections and investigate the low energy excess events observed by the MiniBooNE experiment.

MicroBooNE event display

Event display of a neutrino interaction in the MicroBooNE detector

I am currently a PhD student at University of Oxford and a Fellow at Harvard University. I obtained a Master's Degree in 2014 at Sapienza - University of Rome with a thesis on the electromagnetic calorimeter of the Mu2e experiment at Fermilab.
After the graduation I won a six-month scholarship at the INFN Frascati National Laboratories in Italy, where I pursued my research for scintillator crystals and photosensors suitable for the Mu2e experiment.

I am a demonstrator in the Optics laboratory for 1st year undergraduate students.

My articles are available on my INSPIRE profile and Google scholar page.