Kevin S. McFarland

Professor of Physics
PhD in Physics, University of Chicago, 1994

416 Bausch & Lomb Hall
(585) 275-7076
Fax: (585) 276-0018



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 is the co-spokesperson of the MINERvA neutrino experiment at the NuMI neutrino beam at Fermilab which seeks to precisely measure neutrino interactions in order to improve current and future precision neutrino oscillation experiments. He also works on the T2K experiment at J-PARC in Japan which is the first of the current generation of experiments searching for muon to electron neutrino flavor transitions. He collaborates with Profs. Manly and Bodek to form the Rochester neutrino group. He has recently 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.

Selected Publications

  • Observation of Electron Neutrino Appearance in a Muon Neutrino Beam
    T2K Collaboration
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 112 (2014) 061802  
  • Measurement of Neutrino Oscillation Parameters from Muon Neutrino Disappearance with an Off-axis Beam
    T2K Collaboration
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 111 (2013) 211803  
  • Measurement of Muon (Anti-)Neutrino Quasi-Elastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target at Eν∼3.5 GeV 
    MINERvA Collaboration
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 111 (2013) 022502 
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 111 (2013) 022501  
  • Indication of Electron Neutrino Appearance from an Accelerator-Produced Off-Axis Muon Neutrino Beam
    T2K Collaboration
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 041801 (2011)
  • Direct Measurement of the W Production Charge Asymmetry in Proton-Antiproton Collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV
    CDF Collaboration
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 181801 (2009)
  • Search for New Neutral Gauge Bosons Decaying to e+e- Using Dielectron Mass and Angular Distribution
    CDF Collaboration
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 211801 (2006)
  • A search for top decay into tau, neutrino and quark in top-antitop production
    CDF Collaboration
    Physics Letters B639, 172 (2006)
  • Measurement of the W boson polarization in top decay at CDF at sqrt(s)=1.8 TeV
    CDF Collaboration
    Phys Rev D 71, 031101 (2005)
  • A Precise Determination of Electroweak Parameters in Neutrino-Nucleon Scattering
    NuTeV Collaboration, G.P. Zeller, K.S. McFarland et al
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 091802 (2002)
    (abstract | download)
  • Neutrino Mass and Oscillation
    Peter Fisher, Boris Kayser, Kevin McFarland
    Annual Review Nucl. Part. Sci. 49, 481 (1999)
    (abstract | download)