The UTA Rare Events Searches and Techniques group has played a major role in publications on many aspects of experimental particle physics: new technology development, searches for beyond-standard-model physics, new data analysis techniques, and phenomenology.

Here are a few of our recent highlights:


  • An eV-scale sterile neutrino search using eight years of atmospheric muon neutrino data from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, Physical Review Letters 125 141801
  • Searching for eV-scale sterile neutrinos with eight years of atmospheric neutrinos at the IceCube neutrino telescope, Physical Review D 102 052009
  • Barium Selective Chemosensing by Diazacrown Ether Naphthalimide Turn-on Fluorophores for Single Ion Barium Tagging, Accepted by ACS Sensors
  • Sensitivity of a Tonne-scale NEXT Detector for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Searches, Prepared for Submission to Journal of High Energy Physics
  • LeptonInjector and LeptonWeighter: A neutrino event generator and weighter for neutrino observatories, Submitted to Computer Physics Communications,
  • Demonstration of background rejection using deep convolutional neural networks in the NEXT experiment, Submitted to the Journal of High Energy Physics,
  • Electron Transport in Gaseous Detectors with a Python-based Monte Carlo Simulation Code, Computer Physics Communications, Volume 254, September 2020, 107357
  • Mitigation of Backgrounds from Cosmogenic 137Xe in Xenon Gas Experiments using 3He Neutron Capture, Journal of Physics G (Nuclear and Particle Physics) 47, no. 7 (2020): 075001


  • Barium Chemosensors with Dry-Phase Fluorescence for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay, Nature Sci. Rep. 9, 15097 (2019)
  • Efficient propagation of systematic uncertainties from calibration to analysis with the SnowStorm method in IceCube, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 10 (2019) 048
  • Electron Drift and Longitudinal Diffusion in High Pressure Xenon-Helium Gas Mixtures, Journal of Instrumentation 14 (2019) no.08, P08009
  • Neutrino Oscillations in a Quantum Processor, Phys. Rev. Research 1, 033176 (2019)
  • Emanation and bulk fluorescence in liquid argon from tetraphenyl butadiene wavelength shifting coatings, Journal of Instrumentation 14 (2019) no.02, P02021


  • Demonstration of Single Barium Ion Sensitivity for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay using Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 132504 (2018) [Editors selection]
  • Mobility and Clustering of Barium Ions and Dications in High Pressure Xenon Gas, Phys. Rev. A 97, 062509 (2018)
  • A New Light Higgs Boson and Short-Baseline Neutrino Anomalies, Phys.Rev. D97 (2018) no.7, 075021
  • High Voltage Insulation and Gas Absorption of Polymers in High Pressure Argon and Xenon Gases, Journal of Instrumentation 13 (2018) no.10, P10002
  • Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with 82SeF6 and Direct Ion Imaging, Journal of Instrumentation 13 (2018) no.03, P03015


  • Solar Atmospheric Neutrinos and the Sensitivity Floor for Solar Dark Matter Annihilation Searches, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 1707 (2017) no.07, 024
  • Searches for Sterile Neutrinos with the IceCube Detector, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117 (2016) no.7, 071801 [Editors selection]
  • Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging for Barium Tagging in Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay, Journal of Instrumentation 11 (2016) no.12, P12011