Karsten Heeger (Professor of Physics; Chair Physics Department, Director Wright Laboratory)

My research explores the invisible Universe by probing the fundamental properties of neutrinos.  Known as the ghost particles in our Universe, neutrinos may hold the clue to explaining the imbalance of matter over antimatter.  We develop instruments to detect neutrinos from nuclear reactors, study radioactive decays with lifetimes longer than the age of the Universe, probe if neutrinos are their own antiparticle, and search for sterile neutrinos as a new form of matter.

I enjoy skiing and climbing with my kids and playing the violin.

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