Cunningham, Austin J.

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Austin Cunningham is an Emeritus Professor of Physics. He also served as Dean of Graduate Studies from 1994-2015. His research interests include:

  • Atomic and Molecular Collision Physics
  • Gas Phase Kinetics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • EUV-VIS optical Diagnostics and Spectroscopy
  • Plasma Processing for thin film growth, doping and diagnostics
  • Laser development and application to thin film characterization
  • Surface state reactions and monitorinfg using Kelvin probes


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    First Measurement of Electron Neutrino Appearance in NOvA
    (American Physical Society, 2016-04-13) Adamson, P.; Ader, C.; Andrews, M.; Anfimov, N.; Anghel, I.; Arms, K.; Arrieta-Diaz, E.; Fenyves, Ervin J.; Cunningham, Austin J.; NOvA Collaboration; 10311870 (Fenyves, EJ); Fenyves, Ervin J.; Cunningham, Austin J.
    We report results from the first search for ν_μ → ν_e transitions by the NOvA experiment. In an exposure equivalent to 2.74 × 10²⁰ protons on target in the upgraded NuMI beam at Fermilab, we observe 6 events in the Far Detector, compared to a background expectation of 0.99 ± 0.11(syst) events based on the Near Detector measurement. A secondary analysis observes 11 events with a background of 1.07 ± 0.14(syst). The 3.3σ excess of events observed in the primary analysis disfavors 0.1π < δ_{CP} < 0.5π in the inverted mass hierarchy at the 90% C.L.;

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