Keith Rielage 

 

Keith RielageI am currently a Technical Staff Member with the Weak Interactions Team in Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  My research involves the development of novel methods of particle detection.  As a graduate student, I worked on a proposal for NASA's GLAST mission using scintillating fibers for a gamma-ray pair-production telescope.  After receiving my PhD in physics from Washington University in 2002, I moved into the field of neutrinos and dark matter.  

I have been a member of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) collaboration since 2003, working on the deployment and commissioning of its third and final phase.  Since coming to Los Alamos in 2005, I have coordinated the analysis effort for this final phase which utilized an array of low-radioactivity proportional counters to detect neutrons liberated in neutrino interactions with heavy water.  SNO solved the solar neutrino problem by finding that neutrinos change flavor and have mass.  I am also involved in developing a liquid argon experiment for the detection of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), a leading candidate for the unknown source of dark matter in the universe.  This experiment, called MiniCLEAN, is currently being built and should be operational in late 2009, deep underground at SNOLAB in Ontario, Canada.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy woodworking, hiking and traveling.  I live in New Mexico with my wife, Jenn, and our daughter, Katie.

 

“I was fortunate to get my first real taste of physics research at Miami working with Prof. Alexander on simulating the formation of a gas giant planet.  It taught me the value of making incremental changes in initial experimental conditions (and patience) -- change too much at once and it's hard to find the cause -- change too little you get the same result.”  Keith Rielage, BS Physics 1996

 


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