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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Christopher Jackson

Dr. Christopher Jackson
Dr. Christopher Jackson

Dr. Christopher Jackson is an experimental particle physicist. His research interests are in the areas of direct detection of dark matter and studying the properties of neutrinos. His current main interest is using a single phase liquid argon detector, MiniCLEAN (Cryogenic Low-Energy Astrophysics with Noble liquids), to search for high mass dark matter. He is the analysis coordinator for MiniCLEAN, a 500 kg target experiment located at SNOLAB (Canada), aiming to demonstrate background rejection using pulse shape discrimination at the scale required for a next generation experiment. He also works on the optical calibrations and background simulations.

Prior to joining PNNL in 2016, Dr. Jackson was a postdoc at the University of California at Berkeley, where he participated in the construction and commissioning of MiniCLEAN. He also worked on the optical calibrations for SNO+, a general purpose neutrino detector for studying solar, reactor and supernova sources, and primarily the neutrinoless double beta decay of Tellurium-130. Prior to that, he was a postdoc at the Université de Montréal (Canada) searching for spin dependent dark matter with the PICASSO and PICO experiments. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester (U.K.) in 2010, working on the simulation and tracker design for SuperNEMO and the data analysis of NEMO-3, both neutrinoless double beta decay experiments. His undergraduate studies in physics were at the University of Warwick (U.K.).


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