Dr Jeanne Wilson
Professor in Particle Physics
- EPAP Group Postgraduate Admissions Coordinator
Jeanne Wilson is an established researcher in the field of experimental neutrino physics. She graduated from the University of Sheffield with an MPhys in Physics and Astronomy and completed her PhD research at the University of Oxford on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, producing the first energy spectrum of 8B solar neutrinos. She held a PPARC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Sussex on the COBRA experiment, and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Oxford on the SNO+ experiment, both in the field of neutrino less double beta decay. From 2010-2019 she was a Senior Lecturer and Reader at Queen Mary University of London working on the T2K, SNO+ and Hyper-Kamiokande neutrino experiments. She joined King's College in 2019 to help establish the new Experimental Particle Physics group, bringing her research on SNO+, T2K and Hyper-K.
Jeanne's research aims to probe the fundamental properties of the neutrino, the most weakly interacting fundamental particle, through measurements of long baseline neutrino oscillations in T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande and a search for neutrino less double beta decay with the SNO+ experiment. For the Hyper-Kamiokande experiment she is currently focusing on the design and installation of the outer detector veto system, and for SNO+ she holds the role of analysis coordinator.
Her ultimate goal is to answer three main questions: 1) Does CP violation exist in the lepton sector to explain the existence of our matter dominated universe? (T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande) 2) Is the neutrino a Majorana particle that can act as its own anti-particle, rather than a Dirac particle obtaining mass through the Higgs mechanism like all other fundamental particles? (SNO+) 3) What is the absolute mass scale of the neutrino? (SNO+)