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Christopher White

Christopher White, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Professor of Physics

Phone: 

312.567.3734

Fax: 

312.567.3289

Office: 

148D Life Sciences Building

Education 

B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Research & Accomplishments 

Neutrino oscillations with the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Study (MINOS) and the Daya Bay Reactor Anti-Neutrino Experiment. MINOS began taking data in 2005 and has since published the world's best limit on the neutrino mass splitting know as "delta-m-squared 2-3". Located in an old iron mine in Soudan, Minnesota, MINOS has also observed muon anti-neutrino oscillations with greater precision than any previous experiment. Although the original experiment has now ended, the apparatus lives on and is still taking data as part of the MINOS+ experiment.

The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment "discovered" the neutrino mixing parameter known as "sine squared two theta 1-3". Detector construction is now complete at the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station near Hong Kong. The collaboration primarily consists of American and Chinese physicists and engineers, amounting to one of the largest and most important scientific collaboration between the US and China. I am currently a member of the publication committee and chair of the Institutional Board.

I am also interested in physics education and improving student learning and outcomes. I genuinely believe that a revolution in collegiate education is just around the corner, and I plan to be at the forefront of that revolution!

Expertise 

  • Custom design of experimental apparatus, including electronic data acquisition and mechanical systems - data analysis and computer simulations - project management.

Projects 

  • Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment
  • Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Study

Awards 

  • Excellence in Teaching - Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Sigma Xi Research Award - Illinois Institute of Technology

Books 

  • Hands-On Electronics by Daniel Kaplan and Christopher White, published by Cambridge University Press

Publications 

"Improved measurement of electron-antineutrino disappearance at Daya Bay" Daya Bay Collaboration Oct 2012. Published in Chin. Phys. C37 (2013) 011001

"Observation of electron-antineutrino disappearance at Daya Bay" Daya Bay Collaboration Mar 2012. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 108 (2012) 171803

"A side-by-side comparison of Daya Bay antineutrino detectors" Daya Bay Collaboration Feb 2012. Published in Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A685 (2012) 78-97

"An improved measurement of muon antineutrino disappearance in MINOS" MINOS Collaboration, Feb 2012. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 108 (2012) 191801

Study of the rare hyperon decay Omega to Xi pi pi.
 HyperCP Collaboration (O. Kamaev et al.). Phys.Lett.B693:236-240,2010.

A Search for Lorentz Invariance and CPT Violation with the MINOS Far Detector.
 MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.). Phys.Rev.Lett.105:151601,2010.

New constraints on muon-neutrino to electron-neutrino transitions in MINOS.
 MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.). Phys.Rev.D82:051102,2010

Sudden stratospheric warmings seen in MINOS deep underground muon data.
 MINOS collaboration (S. Osprey et al.).  Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L05809, 2009

Daya Bay reactor anti-neutrino experiment.  Christopher White for the collaboration. Prepared for 23rd International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics (Neutrino 2008), Christchurch, New Zealand, 26-31 May 2008. Published in J.Phys.Conf.Ser.136:022012,2008.

Results from the HyperCP experiment (FNAL E871).
 Christopher White for the collaboration. 
Prepared for 12th Mexican School on Particles and Fields and 6th Latin American Symposium on High Energy Physics, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 1-8 Nov 2006.  Published in AIP Conf.Proc.917:330-337,2007.

Search for Delta S = 2 nonleptonic hyperon decays.
 HyperCP Collaboration (C.G. White et al.). Phys.Rev.Lett.94:101804,2005.

Grants 

My research efforts are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy