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Kevin McFarland

Kevin S. McFarland

  • Dr. Steven Chu Professor of Physics

PhD in Physics, University of Chicago, 1994

416 Bausch & Lomb Hall
(585) 275-7076
Fax: (585) 276-0018
kevin@rochester.edu

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Biography

Professor McFarland received his ScB in mathematics and physics from Brown University in 1989. He did his graduate work in physics at the University of Chicago and received his MS in 1991 and his PhD in 1994. He held a Lederman Fellowship at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from 1994 to 1998 and joined the University as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 1998. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and to Professor in 2005. Professor McFarland was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 1998, a Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator in 1999, a Cottrell Scholar in 2001 and received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2002. McFarland, who is also co-spokesperson of the MINERvA Neutrino Experiment at Fermilab, was elected fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005. He and his collaborators on the T2K neutrino experiment are recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2015

Research Overview

Professor McFarland's interests are in the field of experimental high-energy physics. His primary research interest is the study of neutrino properties and their weak interactions. The ultimate goal of these high intensity accelerator-based neutrino experiments is determination of the neutrino masses and the mixing between neutrino flavors and these masses through neutrino flavor oscillation measurements. Violations of matter-antimatter symmetry may be possible in neutrino mixings, and they may offer an explanation for the origin of the dominance of matter over antimatter in today's Universe.

Professor McFarland currently works on the T2K experiment at J-PARC in Japan, and the ICARUS and DUNE experiments at Fermilab. He served from 2005 to 2018 as the co-spokesperson of the MINERvA neutrino experiment. He collaborates with Profs. Manly, Marshall, and Bodek to form the Rochester neutrino group. In the past, he worked on electroweak and top quark physics at the CDF experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron collider and studied the neutrino neutral current interactions at high precision in the NuTeV high energy neutrino experiment at Fermilab.

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