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Particle Physics Research

Department of Physics

Drexel faculty and students conduct experiments in particle physics as members of an international research consortium at the Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory located in Antartica.

Drexel’s Department of Physics is home to faculty who are leaders in the field of particle physics. Our research spans neutrino properties, neutrino astronomy, and the search for dark matter, and our work is funded by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Our work is inherently collaborative, and we partner with laboratories and universities across the U.S. and around the world. We invite you to learn more about research conducted by our community.

Research Topics

  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Dark Matter
  • Detector Research and Development
  • Neutrino Oscillations
  • Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Research Faculty

Faculty Member Contact Specialization
Michelle Dolinski, PhD, Drexel Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Disque Hall, room 913
Particle physics; Nuclear physics; Neutrino physics; Neutrinoless double beta decay; Detector R&D
Naoko Kurahashi-Neilson, Associate Professor, Drexel Physics
Associate Professor
Disque Hall, 914
Particle Astrophysics; Neutrino Astronomy; High Energy Physics and Astronomy
Charles Lane
Disque Hall 911
Experimental tests of invariance principles and conservation laws, neutrino oscillations and properties
Russell Neilson
Associate Professor
Disque Hall 905
Dark matter, Neutrino physics

Our Projects

Our Facilities

  • The Drexel particle physics group researches fundamental neutrino properties with the DUNE long baseline experiment hosted by Fermilab and the PROSPECT short baseline reactor experiment, as well as the planned nEXO neutrinoless double beta decay experiment.
  • Drexel’s IceCube research group is an active member of the international project located at the geographic South Pole, specializing in neutrino astroparticle physics.
  • The Drexel Bubble Chamber Laboratory develops superheated-liquid detectors for rare-interaction searches, including the PICO and SBC dark matter experiments.