Christopher Walter

Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
Box 90305 Physics Department, Duke University, Durham, NC 27710
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Phone: 
(919) 660-2535

Overview

I am a professor in the physics department studying particle physics and cosmology. I try to understand both the nature of the ghostly particles called neutrinos in giant detectors deep underground, and why the expansion of the universe is accelerating using telescopes on top of mountains.   My background and training is originally in particle physics and I was part of the team that showed the sub-atomic particles called neutrinos have mass.  The leader of our team, T. Kajita was co-awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery which cited the work of our collaboration.  Recently, I started an effort in observational cosmology at Duke, joining the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project, a giant  telescope that will be located in Chile designed to make a 10 year, three dimensional survey of the entire visible sky.  In LSST, we will focus on examining billions of galaxies, along with supernovae and other astronomical probes to try to determine the nature of the mysterious “Dark Energy” which is unaccountably causing the universe to pushed apart at a faster and faster rate.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 1997

  • M.S., California Institute of Technology 1991

  • B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz 1989

Abe, K, Haga, Y, Hayato, Y, Ikeda, M, Iyogi, K, Kameda, J, Kishimoto, Y, Miura, M, Moriyama, S, Nakahata, M, Nakano, Y, Nakayama, S, Sekiya, H, Shiozawa, M, Suzuki, Y, Takeda, A, Tanaka, H, Tomura, T, Ueno, K, Wendell, RA, Yokozawa, T, Irvine, T, Kajita, T, Kametani, I, Kaneyuki, K, Lee, KP, McLachlan, T, Nishimura, Y, Richard, E, Okumura, K, Labarga, L, Fernandez, P, Gustafson, J, Kearns, E, Raaf, JL, Stone, JL, Sulak, LR, Berkman, S, Tanaka, HA, Tobayama, S, Goldhaber, M, and Carminati, G et al. "Test of Lorentz invariance with atmospheric neutrinos." Physical Review D 91.5 (March 2015). Full Text

Abe, K, Adam, J, Aihara, H, Akiri, T, Andreopoulos, C, Aoki, S, Ariga, A, Assylbekov, S, Autiero, D, Barbi, M, Barker, GJ, Barr, G, Bartet-Friburg, P, Bass, M, Batkiewicz, M, Bay, F, Berardi, V, Berger, BE, Berkman, S, Bhadra, S, Blaszczyk, FDM, Blondel, A, Bojechko, C, Bolognesi, S, Bordoni, S, Boyd, SB, Brailsford, D, Bravar, A, Bronner, C, Buchanan, N, Calland, RG, Caravaca Rodríguez, J, Cartwright, SL, Castillo, R, Catanesi, MG, Cervera, A, Cherdack, D, Christodoulou, G, and Clifton, A et al. "Search for short baseline disappearance with the T2K near detector." Physical Review D 91.5 (March 2015). Full Text

Zhang, H, Abe, K, Hayato, Y, Iyogi, K, Kameda, J, Kishimoto, Y, Miura, M, Moriyama, S, Nakahata, M, Nakano, Y, Nakayama, S, Sekiya, H, Shiozawa, M, Suzuki, Y, Takeda, A, Takenaga, Y, Tomura, T, Ueno, K, Yokozawa, T, Wendell, RA, Kaji, H, Kajita, T, Kaneyuki, K, Lee, KP, Nishimura, Y, Okumura, K, McLachlan, T, Labarga, L, Barkman, S, Tanaka, TS, Tobayama, S, Kearns, E, Raaf, JL, Stone, JL, Sulak, LR, Goldhaber, M, Bays, K, Carminati, G, Kropp, WR, Mine, S, Renshaw, A, Smy, MB, and Sobel, HW et al. "Supernova Relic Neutrino search with neutron tagging at Super-Kamiokande-IV." Astroparticle Physics 60 (January 2015): 41-46. Full Text

Abe, K, Adam, J, Aihara, H, Akiri, T, Andreopoulos, C, Aoki, S, Ariga, A, Assylbekov, S, Autiero, D, Barbi, M, Barker, GJ, Barr, G, Bass, M, Batkiewicz, M, Bay, F, Berardi, V, Berger, BE, Berkman, S, Bhadra, S, Blaszczyk, FDM, Blondel, A, Bojechko, C, Bordoni, S, Boyd, SB, Brailsford, D, Bravar, A, Bronner, C, Buchanan, N, Calland, RG, Caravaca Rodríguez, J, Cartwright, SL, Castillo, R, Catanesi, MG, Cervera, A, Cherdack, D, Christodoulou, G, Clifton, A, Coleman, J, Coleman, SJ, and Collazuol, G et al. "Measurement of the inclusive electron neutrino charged current cross section on carbon with the T2K near detector." Physical review letters 113.24 (December 11, 2014): 241803-. Full Text

Abe, K, Adam, J, Aihara, H, Akiri, T, Andreopoulos, C, Aoki, S, Ariga, A, Ariga, T, Assylbekov, S, Autiero, D, Barbi, M, Barker, GJ, Barr, G, Bass, M, Batkiewicz, M, Bay, F, Bentham, SW, Berardi, V, Berger, BE, Berkman, S, Bertram, I, Bhadra, S, Blaszczyk, FDM, Blondel, A, Bojechko, C, Bordoni, S, Boyd, SB, Brailsford, D, Bravar, A, Bronner, C, Buchanan, N, Calland, RG, Caravaca Rodríguez, J, Cartwright, SL, Castillo, R, Catanesi, MG, Cervera, A, Cherdack, D, Christodoulou, G, and Clifton, A et al. "Measurement of the neutrino-oxygen neutral-current interaction cross section by observing nuclear deexcitation rays." Physical Review D 90.7 (October 2014). Full Text

Abe, K, Hayato, Y, Iyogi, K, Kameda, J, Miura, M, Moriyama, S, Nakahata, M, Nakayama, S, Wendell, RA, Sekiya, H, Shiozawa, M, Suzuki, Y, Takeda, A, Takenaga, Y, Ueno, K, Yokozawa, T, Kaji, H, Kajita, T, Kaneyuki, K, Lee, KP, Okumura, K, McLachlan, T, Labarga, L, Kearns, E, Raaf, JL, Stone, JL, Sulak, LR, Goldhaber, M, Bays, K, Carminati, G, Kropp, WR, Mine, S, Renshaw, A, Smy, MB, Sobel, HW, Ganezer, KS, Hill, J, Keig, WE, Jang, JS, Kim, JY, Lim, IT, Albert, JB, Scholberg, K, and Walter, CW et al. "Search for proton decay via using data of Super-Kamiokande." Physical Review D 90.7 (October 2014). Full Text

Abe, K, Hayato, Y, Iida, T, Iyogi, K, Kameda, J, Koshio, Y, Kozuma, Y, Marti, L, Miura, M, Moriyama, S, Nakahata, M, Nakayama, S, Obayashi, Y, Sekiya, H, Shiozawa, M, Suzuki, Y, Takeda, A, Takenaga, Y, Ueno, K, Ueshima, K, Yamada, S, Yokozawa, T, Ishihara, C, Kaji, H, Kajita, T, Kaneyuki, K, Lee, KP, McLachlan, T, Okumura, K, Shimizu, Y, Tanimoto, N, Labarga, L, Kearns, E, Litos, M, Raaf, JL, Stone, JL, Sulak, LR, Goldhaber, M, Bays, K, Kropp, WR, Mine, S, Regis, C, Renshaw, A, and Smy, MB et al. "Search for nucleon decay via n→ν[over ¯]π0 and p→ν[over ¯]π+ in Super-Kamiokande." Physical review letters 113.12 (September 19, 2014): 121802-. Full Text

Takhistov, V, Abe, K, Haga, Y, Hayato, Y, Ikeda, M, Iyogi, K, Kameda, J, Kishimoto, Y, Miura, M, Moriyama, S, Nakahata, M, Nakano, Y, Nakayama, S, Sekiya, H, Shiozawa, M, Suzuki, Y, Takeda, A, Tanaka, H, Tomura, T, Ueno, K, Wendell, RA, Yokozawa, T, Irvine, T, Kajita, T, Kametani, I, Kaneyuki, K, Lee, KP, McLachlan, T, Nishimura, Y, Richard, E, Okumura, K, Labarga, L, Fernandez, P, Berkman, S, Tanaka, HA, Tobayama, S, Gustafson, J, Kearns, E, Raaf, JL, Stone, JL, Sulak, LR, and Goldhaber, M et al. "Search for trilepton nucleon decay via p→e+νν and p→μ+νν in the Super-Kamiokande experiment." Physical review letters 113.10 (September 4, 2014): 101801-. Full Text

Abe, K, Adam, J, Aihara, H, Akiri, T, Andreopoulos, C, Aoki, S, Ariga, A, Assylbekov, S, Autiero, D, Barbi, M, Barker, GJ, Barr, G, Bass, M, Batkiewicz, M, Bay, F, Berardi, V, Berger, BE, Berkman, S, Bhadra, S, Blaszczyk, FDM, Blondel, A, Bojechko, C, Bordoni, S, Boyd, SB, Brailsford, D, Bravar, A, Bronner, C, Buchanan, N, Calland, RG, Caravaca Rodríguez, J, Cartwright, SL, Castillo, R, Catanesi, MG, Cervera, A, Cherdack, D, Christodoulou, G, Clifton, A, Coleman, J, Coleman, SJ, and Collazuol, G et al. "Measurement of the inclusive charged current cross section on iron and hydrocarbon in the T2K on-axis neutrino beam." Physical Review D 90.5 (September 2014). Full Text

Takhistov, V, Abe, K, Haga, Y, Hayato, Y, Ikeda, M, Iyogi, K, Kameda, J, Kishimoto, Y, Miura, M, Moriyama, S, Nakahata, M, Nakano, Y, Nakayama, S, Sekiya, H, Shiozawa, M, Suzuki, Y, Takeda, A, Tanaka, H, Tomura, T, Ueno, K, Wendell, RA, Yokozawa, T, Irvine, T, Kajita, T, Kametani, I, Kaneyuki, K, Lee, KP, McLachlan, T, Nishimura, Y, Richard, E, Okumura, K, Labarga, L, Fernandez, P, Berkman, S, Tanaka, HA, Tobayama, S, Gustafson, J, Kearns, E, Raaf, JL, Stone, JL, Sulak, LR, and Goldhaber, M et al. "Search for Trilepton Nucleon Decay via and in the Super-Kamiokande Experiment." Physical Review Letters 113.10 (September 2014). Full Text

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