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The 2016 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics was awarded to 5 Neutrino Experiments  
The 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ($3 million) was awarded to five experiments investigating neutrino oscillation and will be shared equally among all five. The teams include Daya Bay (China); KamLAND (Japan); K2K / T2K (Japan); Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (Canada); and Super-Kamiokande (Japan). The award was accepted by team leaders Yifang Wang and Kam-Biu Luk (Daya Bay); Atsuto Suzuki (KamLAND); Koichiro Nishikawa (K2K / T2K); Arthur B. McDonald (Sudbury Neutrino Observatory); and Takaaki Kajita and Yoichiro Suzuki (Super-Kamiokande). In total, the five teams are comprised of more than 1,300 individual physicists, and all members will share in the recognition for their work. Additional information and the full list of the prize-winning members of the experiments are available at www.BreakthroughPrize.org .

The members of the Stony Brook Nucleon decay and Neutrino (NN) physics research group led by Prof. Chang Kee Jung are members of the international experimental collaborations, the Super-Kamiokande, K2K and T2K collaborations, that share the 2015 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics for their role in the discovery and study of neutrino oscillation. The Stony Brook NN group participated in the Super-Kamiokande experiment since 1991 from the beginning of the experiment. The group contributed significantly to the experiment by being a part of the team that constructed detector and analyzed the atmospheric neutrino data. The NN group members who share the breakthrough prize through their participation in the SuperKamiokande experiment are: Prof. Chang Kee Jung, Prof. Clark McGrew, Prof. Chiaki Yanagisawa, Dr. James Hill, Dr. Kai Martens, Dr. Christopher Mauger, Dr. Eric Sharkey and Dr. Brett Viren. (Prof. McGrew, Dr. Hill and Dr. Martens were postdocs; and Drs. Mauger, Sharkey and Viren were graduate students at the time of the Super-Kamiokande discovery.)

The Stony Brook NN group played a leading role in the K2K experiment, the first long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment that confirmed the neutrino oscillation observed by the Super- Kamiokande experiment, and in the T2K experiment that discovered electron neutrino appearance from a muon neutrino beam in 2013. This discovery sets the stage for the study of differences in the neutrino oscillation process relative to their antiparticles (antineutrinos) that may elucidate how the universe came to be matter dominated. T2K has recently started data taking with an antineutrino beam to study antineutrino oscillations.

Prof. Jung served as International Co-Spokesperson (co-leader) of the T2K collaboration from 2011 to 2015. Professors Clark McGrew and Michael Wilking have also played leading roles in the T2K experiment. The NN group members who share the breakthrough prize through their participation in the K2K experiment are: Prof. Chang Kee Jung, Prof. Clark McGrew, Prof. Chiaki Yanagisawa, Dr. James Hill, Dr. Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Dr. Kai Martens, Dr. Anthony Sarrat, Dr. Christopher Mauger, Dr. Eric Sharkey and Dr. Lisa Whitehead and Mr. Daniel Kerr. (Drs. Hill, Kobayashi, Martens and Sarrat were postdocs; and Drs. Mauger, Sharkey and Whitehead, and Mr. Kerr were graduate students at the time of the K2K breakthrough.) The NN group members who share the breakthrough prize through their participation in the T2K experiment are: Prof. Chang Kee Jung, Prof. Clark McGrew, Prof. Peter Paul, Prof. Chiaki Yanagisawa, Dr. Jeanine Adam , Dr. James Imber, Dr. Anthony Sarrat, Dr. Ian Taylor, Dr. Dmitriy Beznosko, Dr. Karin Gilje, Dr. Joshua Hignight, Dr. Jay Hyun Jo, Dr. Phoc Trung Le, Dr. Glenn Lopez, Dr. Bent Nielsen. (Drs. Adam, Imber, Sarrat and Taylor were postdocs; and Drs. Beznosko, Gilje, Hignight, Jo, Le, Lopez were graduate students at the time of the T2K discovery.)

For more information, please visit: t2k-experiment.org

2015-11-09

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