Michelle Dolinski, PhD, has a background in nuclear and particle physics, specializing in experimental neutrino physics. Neutrinos, while difficult to study in the laboratory, may be the key to understanding what lies beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics.
Professor Dolinski is interested in designing and building detectors for the next generation of neutrino experiments, including nEXO and DUNE. nEXO will search for neutrinoless double beta decay of xenon-136. Neutrinoless double beta decay experiments probe physics beyond the Standard Model by searching for an extremely rare nuclear decay. The observation of neutrinoless double beta decay would prove that neutrinos are a new kind of fundamental particle called a Majorana fermion. DUNE is a planned experiment to measure CP-violation in neutrinos, a key ingredient in understanding the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe.
In addition to research, Professor Dolinski is interested in K-12 physics education and outreach.
S. Al Kharusi et al., 2021, “Search for Majoron-emitting modes of 136Xe double beta decay with the complete EXO-200 dataset,” Phys.Rev. D, 104, 112002.
G. Adhikari et al., 2021, “nEXO: Neutrinoless double beta decay search beyond 1028 year half-life sensitivity,” J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys., 49, 015104.
M. Andriamirado et al., 2021, “Improved Short-Baseline Neutrino Oscillation Search and Energy Spectrum Measurement with the PROSPECT Experiment at HFIR,” Phys.Rev. D, 103, 032001.
G. Anton et al., 2019, “Search for Neutrinoless Double-β Decay with the Complete EXO-200 Dataset,” Phys. Rev. Lett., 123, 161802.
M.J. Dolinski, A.W.P. Poon, and W. Rodejohann, 2019, “Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay: Status and Prospects,” Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, 69, 219-251.