IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society

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Wednesday, April 6, 13, 20, 28*, May 4, 2011, 7:00–9:30 PM (* Thursday April 28th)
Located at MIT Lincoln Laboratory – 244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA, 02420, USA

May 4, 2011
7 PM

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Neutrino Telescopes: Catching Images of Ghost Particles Slides

Prof. Tyce DeYoung, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA


Prof. Tyce DeYoung, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Abstract:  Neutrinos are some of nature's most elusive particles, interacting so rarely with other matter that they have been called "ghost particles." When they are detected, however, they can provide a great deal of information about astronomical objects such as the sun, supernovae and supernova remnants, active galaxies, and potentially even dark matter.  The IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole uses a gigaton of ultra-transparent Antarctic ice to detect neutrinos, by forming a three dimensional image of the Cherenkov light emitted when a neutrino interacts with matter.  Reconstructing these images, separating neutrinos from the background of cosmic rays, and determining the types of neutrinos detected present interesting challenges in numerical modeling, pattern recognition, and automated classification.


Biography:  Prof. Tyce DeYoung, assistant professor of physics, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF award in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research.  The award provides five years of financial support.

He conducts research in particle astrophysics, studying extremely energetic objects in the universe, such as Gamma Ray Bursts, Active Galactic Nuclei, and Supernova Remnants, by observing the particles and photons they emit.  For the past decade he has been part of an international team of physicists working to build the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole.  He is also working on a ground-based gamma ray telescope with a very wide field of view called HAWC (the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory), suitable for observing very short transient events such as the mergers of neutron stars and black holes.

DeYoung is a member of the American Physical Society and the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.  Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State in 2006, he was a research associate in the Penn State Department of Physics from 2005 to 2006.  He was at the University of Maryland as an assistant research scientist from 2004 to 2005 and as a postdoctoral researcher from 2003 to 2004.  He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California's Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics from 2001 to 2003.  DeYoung received a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001, where he held a University of Wisconsin Prize Fellowship and a William F. Vilas Fellowship.  He earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 1996 from Grinnell College, where he received the H. George Apostle prize in physics.


For more information on the technical content of the workshop, contact either:
1) Farhad Hakimi (, Imaging Workshop Committee Co-Chair
2) William Nelson (, Imaging Workshop Committee Co-Chair
3) Reuel Swint (, Imaging Workshop Committee Co-Chair
4) Robert Stephenson (, Boston Photonics Society Chair