Ph.D., Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009, Physics
B.S., Peking University, 2004, Physics
My primary research interests are in Intensity Frontier programs. Currently I am working on the NOvA, DUNE and Super-Kamiokande neutrino experiments.
NOvA is a long-baseline accelerator-based neutrino oscillation experiment that is optimized for electron neutrino measurements. It uses the upgraded NuMI beam from Fermilab and measures electron-neutrino appearance and muon-neutrino disappearance at its Far Detector in Ash River, Minnesota. The NOvA experiment aims to resolve the neutrino mass hierarchy problem and to constrain the CP-violating phase.
DUNE is the next generation long-baseline experiment in the US which will decisively determine the mass hierarchy and CP violation. DUNE detectors are based on liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC) technology, which offers excellent spatial resolution, high neutrino detection efficiency and superb background rejection. Construction of DUNE’s protoType detector protoDUNE will start in 2017 at CERN.
Super-Kamiokande is the large water Cherenkov detector in Japan. Physics topics of the Super-Kamiokande experiment includes solar neutrinos, supernova neutrinos, atmospheric neutrinos, man-made neutrinos and proton decays.
Before joining UCI, I was also deeply involved in the very topical search for exotic-hadron states and other studies of charm and charmonium physics in collider experiments. I have been the lead researcher for several important analyses with the BESIII experiment in Beijing, including being the primary author of the recent Phys. Rev. Lett (and Editor's suggestion) presenting the discovery of a new four-quark candidate Zc(3900)^0.