Dr Adi Ashkenazi is an experimental particle physicist, studying the properties of the most elusive yet stable elementary particles known to us, namely the neutrinos. Out of all particles, the three types of neutrinos hold a great mystery. Unlike others, many of their properties are still unknown and the known ones, i.e the existence of their masses, are very hard to explain using the known tools.
All existing experiments are detecting neutrinos via observation of neutrino-nucleus interactions. The nuclear physics aspects of these interaction are not yet well understood and their impact is of non-negligible size.
Ashkenazi’s research plan is focused on estimating the impact of nuclear effects in neutrino experiments, coordinating an effort to leverage electron scattering data to benchmark models and improve neutrino event generators. Ashkenazi is an active member of MicroBooNE and DUNE, a spokesperson of a dedicated electron scattering experiment at JLAB, and a Monte Carlo developer. Her lab plans to produce a series of novel measurements that will improve current models used for neutrino interaction simulations to support the needs of the future DUNE experiment for oscillation precision measurements and New Physics searches.