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Aaron McGowan

Senior Lecturer
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

585-475-7689
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Aaron McGowan

Senior Lecturer
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

Education

BS, Cornell University; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

585-475-7689

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

PHYS-316
3 Credits
In this course, students perform advanced experiments representative of the foundation of modern quantum physics. Experiments typically explore properties of materials, semiconductors, atomic physics, and nuclear decay. This class continues the instruction in instrumentation techniques as well as data reduction and analysis that began in Experiments in Modern Physics, PHYS-315. Students are expected to keep a laboratory notebook and present results in a journal-style paper.
PHYS-275
1 Credits
This seminar will assist students in their preparation for the Physics Comprehensive Oral Exam (CORE) required at the end of the course by presenting a unified as opposed to topical approach to physics. Physics majors must pass this course before going on to 300-level Physics courses.
PHYS-315
3 Credits
In this course, students perform experiments representative of the foundation of modern quantum physics. These include investigations of wave particle duality, and the earliest of quantum mechanical models as well as measurements of fundamental constants. Experiments typically include electron diffraction, the photoelectric effect, optical diffraction and interference, atomic spectroscopy, charge-to-mass ratio of an electron, and blackbody radiation. This class teaches basic instrumentation techniques as well as data reduction and analysis. Students are expected to keep a laboratory notebook and present results in a journal-style paper.

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Journal Paper
Valencia, E. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Constraint of the MINERνA Medium Energy Neutrino Flux Using Neutrino-electron Elastic Scattering." Physical Review D 100. 9 (2019): 92001. Print.
Le, T. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of νμ Charged-current Single π− Production on Hydrocarbon in the few-GeV Region Using MINERvA." Physical Review D 100. 5 (2019): 52008. Print.
Elkins, M. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Neutron Measurements from Antineutrino Hydrocarbon Reactions." Physical Review D 100. 5 (2019): 52002. Print.
Ruterbories, D. "Measurement of Quasielastic-like Neutrino Scattering at ⟨Eν⟩∼3.5  GeV on a Hydrocarbon Target." Physical Review D 99. 1 (2019): 12004. Print.
Perdue, G.N. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Reducing Model Bias in a Deep Learning Classifier Using Domain Adversarial Neural Networks in the MINERvA Experiment." Journal of Instrumentation 13. November (2018): 1-41. Web.
Lu, X.-G. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Final-State Correlations in Neutrino Muon-Proton Mesonless Production on Hydrocarbon at ⟨Eν⟩=3  GeV." Physical Review Letters 121. 2 (2018): 022504-022511. Web.
Gran, R. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Antineutrino Charged-Current Reactions on Hydrocarbon with Low Momentum Transfer." Physical Review Letters 120. 22 (2018): 221805-12. Web.
Patrick, C.E. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of the Muon Antineutrino Double-differential Cross Section for Quasielastic-like Scattering on Hydrocarbon at Eν∼3.5  GeV." Physical Review D 97. 5 (2018): 052002-052044. Web.
Altinok, O. "Measurement of νμ charged-current single π0 production on hydrocarbon in the few-GeV region using MINERvA." Physical Review D 96. 7 (2017): 72003. Print.
Betancourt, M. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Direct Measurement of Nuclear Dependence of Charged Current Quasielasticlike Neutrino Interactions Using MINERvA." Physical Review Letters 119. 8 (2017): 82001. Print.
Marshall, C.M. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Neutral-Current K+ Production by Neutrinos using MINERvA." Physical Review Letters 119. 1 (2017): 11802. Print.
Ren, L. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of the antineutrino to neutrino charged-current interaction cross section ratio in MINERvA." Physical Review D 95. 7 (2017): 72009. Print.
Devan, J. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurements of the Inclusive Neutrino and Antineutrino Charged current Cross Sections in MINERvA using the low-ѵ Flux Method." Phys.Rev.D. 94. no.11 (2016): 112007-1--9. Print.
Aliaga, L. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Neutrino Flux Predictions for the NuMI Beam." Phys.Rev.D 94. no.9 (2016): 092005-1--10. Print.
Wang, Z. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "First Evidence of Coherent K+ Meson Production in Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering." Phys.Rev.Lett. 117. no.6 (2016): 061802-1--6. Print.
McGivern, C.L. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Cross Sections for Neutrino and Antineutrino induced Pion Production on Hydrocarbon in the few-GeV Region using MINERvA." Phys.Rev.D 94. no.5 (2016): 052005-1--18. Print.
Marshall, C.M. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of K+ Production in Charged-Current ѵμ Interactions." Phys.Rev.D 94. no.1 (2016): 012002-1--13. Print.
Wolcott, J. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Evidence for Neutral-Current Diffractive Neutral Pion Production from Hydrogen in Neutrino Interactions on Hydrocarbon." Phys.Rev.Lett. 116. no.11 (2016): 111801-1--6. Print.
Mousseau, J. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Partonic Nuclear Effects in Deep-Inelastic Neutrino Scattering using MINERvA." Phys.Rev.D 93. no.7 (2016): 071101-1--7. Print.
Eberly, B. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Charged Pion Production in νμ Interactions on Hydrocarbon at ⟨Eν⟩= 4.0 GeV." Phys.Rev. D 92. 9 (2015): 92008. Print.
Walton, T. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Muon Plus Proton Final States in νμ Interactions on Hydrocarbon at = 4.2 GeV." Phys.Rev. D 91. 7 (2015): 71301. Print.
Aliaga, L. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "MINERvA Neutrino Detector Response Measured with Test Beam Data." Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A 789. (2015): 28-42. Print.
Park, J. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Neutrino Flux from Neutrino-Electron Elastic Scattering." Phys. Rev. D. (2015): --. Print.
Park, J. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Neutrino Flux from Neutrino-Electron Elastic Scattering." Phys. Rev. D. (2015): --. Print.
Aliaga, L. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Design, Calibration, and Performance of the MINERvA Detector." Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A 743. (2014): 130-159. Print.
Tice, B.G. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Ratios of νμ Charged-Current Cross Sections on C, Fe, and Pb to CH at Neutrino Energies 2-20 GeV." Physical Review Letters 112. 23 (2014): 231801. Print.
Higuera, A. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Coherent Production of π± in Neutrino and Antineutrino Beams on Carbon from Eν of 1.5 to 20 GeV." Physical Review Letters 113. (2014): 261802. Print.
Fields, L. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Muon Antineutrino Quasielastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target at E_nu ~3.5 GeV." Phys. Rev. Lett. 111. 2 (2013): 022501(1-7). Print.
Fiorentini, G. A. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Measurement of Muon Neutrino Quasielastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target at E_nu ~3.5 GeV." Phys. Rev. Lett. 111. 2 (2013): 022502(1-6). Print.
Adamson, P. and et al. (MINOS Collaboration). "Comparisons of Annual Modulations in MINOS with the Event Rate Modulation in CoGeNT." Phys.Rev. D 87. 3 (2013): 32005. Print.
Adamson, P. and et al. (MINOS Collaboration). "Measurement of Neutrino and Antineutrino Oscillations Using Beam and Atmospheric Data in MINOS." Phys.Rev.Lett. 110. 25 (2013): 251801. Print.
Tagg, N. and et al. (MINERvA Collaboration). "Arachne - A Web-based Event Viewer for MINERvA." Nucl.Instrum.Meth. 676. (2012): 44-49. Print.
Adamson, P. and et al. (MINOS Collaboration). "Measurement of the Neutrino Mass Splitting and Flavor Mixing by MINOS." Physical Review Letters 106. 18 (2011): 181801(1-6). Print.
Adamson, P. and et al. (MINOS Collaboration). "Observation in the MINOS Far Detector of the Shadowing of Cosmic Rays by the Sun and Moon." Astroparticle Physics 34. 6 (2011): 457-466. Print.
Adamson, P. and et al. (MINOS Collaboration). "Measurement of the Underground Atmospheric Muon Charge Ratio Using the MINOS Near Detector." Physical Review D 83. 3 (2011): 032011(1-10). Print.
Adamson, P. and et al. (MINOS Collaboration). "First Direct Observation of Muon Antineutrino Disappearance." Physical Review Letters 107. 2 (2011): 021801(1-5). Print.
Adamson, P. and et al. (MINOS Collaboration). "Active to Sterile Neutrino Mixing Limits from Neutral-current Interactions in MINOS." Physical Review Letters 107. 1 (2011): 011802(1-5). Print.
Adamson, P. and et al. (MINOS Collaboration). "Improved Search for Muon-neutrino to Electron-neutrino Oscillations in MINOS." Physical Review Letters 107. 18 (2011): 181802(1-6). Print.