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Russell Neilson

Russell Neilson, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Physics
Office: Disque Hall 905
Phone: 215.895.2729

Additional Sites: Particle Physics Group


  • PhD, Physics, Stanford University, 2012
  • MS, Physics, University of Auckland, 2002
  • BS, Physics and Mathematics, University of Auckland, 2000

Curriculum Vitae:

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As a member of the Drexel Particle Physics Research group, I explore new physics with neutrinos, which are all around us but hard to find; and dark matter, probably also all around us, but even harder to find – if fact, we don’t know how to look yet.

I am an active member of several collaborations that study these particles. The PROSPECT –Precision Reactor Oscillation and SPECTrum experiment– collaboration seeks to precisely measure neutrinos from the HFIR nuclear reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to search for new physics such as sterile neutrons. The SBC –Scintillating Bubble Chamber– collaboration works to develop cryogenic liquid argon bubble chambers, a new and untested technology, to search for GeV-scale dark matter particles and detect neutrinos through the CEvNS process. The PICO collaboration uses more established freon bubble chambers deep underground at SNOLAB in Canada to search for dark matter. My group at Drexel has built a small test bubble chamber, and we are involved in calibrations and data analysis for all three projects.

Selected Publications:

  • M Bressler, N Lamb, R Neilson, S Windle (2022) “A direct test of Auger induced nucleation from heavy element contamination in C3F8 bubble chambers”, Journal of Instrumentation 17 (2022) P03004.
  • F. P. An et al. (Daya Bay and PROSPECT Collaborations) (2022) “Joint Determination of Reactor Antineutrino Spectrum from 235U and 239P Fission by Daya Bay and PROSPECT”, F. P. An et al. (Daya Bay and PROSPECT Collaborations), Physics Review Letters 128 (2022) 8 081801.
  • H. Anlmazan et al. (PROSPECT and STEREO Collaborations) (2022) “Joint Measurement of the 235U Antineutrino Spectrum by PROSPECT and STEREO”, Physics Review Letters 128 (2022) 8 081802.
  • M. Andriamirado et al. (PROSPECT Collaboration) (2021) “Limits on sub-GeV dark matter from the PROSPECT reactor antineutrino experiment”, Physics Review D 104 (2021) 1 012009.
  • M. Andriamirado et al. (PROSPECT Collaboration) (2021) “Improved short-baseline neutrino oscillation search and energy spectrum measurement with the PROSPECT experiment at HFIR” Physics Review D 103 (2021) 3 032001.
  • L. J. Flores et al. (SBC Collaboration) (2021) “Physics Reach of a low threshold scintillating argon bubble chamber in coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments”, Physics Review D 103 (2021) 9 L031301.
  • M. Bressler, P. Campion, V. S. Cushman, A. Morrese, J. M. Wagner, S. Zerbo, R. Neilson, M. Crisler and C. E. Dahl (2019) “A buffer-free concept bubble chamber for PICO dark matter searches”, Journal of Instrumentation 14 (2019) P08019.
  • C. Amole et al. (PICO Collaboration) (2019) “Dark Matter Search Results from the Complete Exposure of the PICO-60 C3F8 Bubble Chamber”, Physics Review D 100 (2019) 022001.
  • C. Amole et al. (PICO Collaboration) (2016) “Improved Dark Matter Search Results from PICO-2L Run 2”, Physical Review D 93 (2016) 061101.
  • C. Amole et al. (PICO Collaboration) (2016) “Dark Matter Search Results from the PICO-60 CF3I Bubble Chamber”, Physical Review D 93 (2016) 052014.