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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

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-211
4 Credits
This is a course in calculus-based physics for science and engineering majors. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton's Laws, gravitation, work and energy, momentum and impulse, conservation laws, systems of particles, rotational motion, static equilibrium, mechanical oscillations and waves, and data presentation/analysis. The course is taught in a workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory 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
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.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "Measurement of Neutral-Current K+ Production by Neutrinos using MINERvA." Phys.Rev.Lett.. (2016): 1-9. Web.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "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.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "Neutrino Flux Predictions for the NuMI Beam." Phys.Rev.D 94. no.9 (2016): 092005-1--10. Print.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "First Evidence of Coherent K+ Meson Production in Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering." Phys.Rev.Lett. 117. no.6 (2016): 061802-1--6. Print.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "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.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "Measurement of K+ Production in Charged-Current ѵμ Interactions." Phys.Rev.D 94. no.1 (2016): 012002-1--13. Print.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "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.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "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. "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. "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 Neutrino Detector Response Measured with Test Beam Data." Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A 789. (2015): 28-42. Print.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "Measurement of Neutrino Flux from Neutrino-Electron Elastic Scattering." Phys. Rev. D. (2015): --. Print.
McGowan, Aaron M., et al. "Measurement of Neutrino Flux from Neutrino-Electron Elastic Scattering." Phys. Rev. D. (2015): --. Print.
Aliaga, L. and et al. "Design, Calibration, and Performance of the MINERvA Detector." Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A 743. (2014): 130-159. Print.
Tice, B.G., et al. "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., et al. "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., et al. "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., et al. "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., et al. "Comparisons of Annual Modulations in MINOS with the Event Rate Modulation in CoGeNT." Phys.Rev. D 87. 3 (2013): 32005. Print.
Adamson, P., et al. "Measurement of Neutrino and Antineutrino Oscillations Using Beam and Atmospheric Data in MINOS." Phys.Rev.Lett. 110. 25 (2013): 251801. Print.
Tagg, N., et al. "Arachne - A Web-based Event Viewer for MINERvA." Nucl.Instrum.Meth. 676. (2012): 44-49. Print.
Adamson, P., et al. "Measurement of the Neutrino Mass Splitting and Flavor Mixing by MINOS." Physical Review Letters 106. 18 (2011): 181801(1-6). Print.
Adamson, P., et al. "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., et al. "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., et al. "First Direct Observation of Muon Antineutrino Disappearance." Physical Review Letters 107. 2 (2011): 021801(1-5). Print.
Adamson, P., et al. "Active to Sterile Neutrino Mixing Limits from Neutral-current Interactions in MINOS." Physical Review Letters 107. 1 (2011): 011802(1-5). Print.
Adamson, P., et al. "Improved Search for Muon-neutrino to Electron-neutrino Oscillations in MINOS." Physical Review Letters 107. 18 (2011): 181802(1-6). Print.