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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Richard Saldanha

Physicist
Dr. Richard Saldanha
Dr. Richard Saldanha

Dr. Richard Saldanha is an experimental particle astrophysicist working on ultra-low background physics experiments. His current focus is on the development of a detector for the future nEXO experiment, which will search for the potential signature of neutrinoless double beta decay in xenon. Dr. Saldanha has an extensive background designing and building noble liquid detectors, a powerful technology that is currently being deployed in several leading efforts to reveal the fundamental properties of neutrinos and illuminate the mysterious nature of dark matter.   

Prior to joining PNNL in 2017, Dr. Saldanha was an associate postdoctoral fellow in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago where he worked on the preparation, assembly and characterization of the XENON1T dark matter detector. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, where he was a founding member of the DarkSide-50 collaboration. He played a leading role on several aspects of the experiment including design, assembly, calibration and data analysis.

Dr. Saldanha received his B.A. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 2012. As a graduate student, he worked on the Borexino solar neutrino experiment where his thesis presented the first precision measurement of the 7Be neutrino interaction rate. He also made critical contributions to the first measurement of pep solar neutrinos and the ongoing effort to detect CNO neutrinos. 

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