Dr. McGowan earned his B.S. (2003) in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. (2007) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His dissertation, under Prof. Marvin Marshak and Dr. Maury Goodman, presented a novel technique to measure muon neutrino disappearance in the MINOS experiment. This technique measures the atmospheric neutrino mixing parameters using muons that enter the detector from neutrino interactions in the rock surrounding the detector.
Dr. McGowan completed two years as a Lab Graduate Appointee at Argonne National Laboratory while finishing his dissertation. He served on the physics faculty at St. John Fisher College as a Visiting Assistant Professor from 2007 to 2010. He joined the experimental neutrino physics group at the University of Rochester upon completion of his Ph.D. and has worked on the MINERvA experiment for the last four years, including as a postdoctoral Research Associate from 2010 to 2011.
Dr. McGowan's recent research activities include analysis of the radioactive source mapping data for the sensitive plastic scintillator strips used in the active volume of the MINERvA neutrino detector. The analysis of this data provides calibration for response as a function of distance along the strip to passing charged particles. He has also developed a tracking algorithm optimized for finding short and steep particle tracks in the MINERvA detector. His current research involves ongoing detector pedestal calibration as well as developing analysis tools to study the neutral-current elastic scattering of neutrinos on nucleons.
Measurement of the underground atmospheric muon charge ratio using the MINOS Near Detector, P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D 83, 032011 (2011) [arXiv:hep-ex/1012.3391].
New constraints on muon-neutrino to electron-neutrino transitions in MINOS, P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D 82, 051102 (2010) [arXiv:hep-ex/1006.0996].
Search for sterile neutrino mixing in the MINOS long baseline experiment, P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D 81, 052004 (2010) [arXiv:hep-ex/1001.0336].
Neutrino and Antineutrino Inclusive Charged-current Cross Section Measurements with the MINOS Near Detector, P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D 81, 072002 (2010) [arXiv:hep-ex/0910.2201].
Observation of muon intensity variations by season with the MINOS far detector, P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D 81, 012001 (2010) [arXiv:hep-ex/0909.4012].
Measurement of Neutrino Oscillations with the MINOS detectors in the NuMI Beam, P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 131802 (2008) [arXiv:hep-ex/0806.2237].
Measurement of neutrino velocity with the MINOS detectors and NuMI neutrino beam, P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D 76, 072005 (2007) [arXiv:hep-ex/0706.0437].
Measurement of the atmospheric muon charge ratio at TeV energies with the MINOS detector, P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D 76, 052003 (2007) [arXiv:hep-ex/0705.3815].
Observation of muon neutrino disappearance with the MINOS detectors and the NuMI neutrino beam, D.G. Michael et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 191801 (2006) [arXiv:hep-ex/0607088].