Phillip S. Barbeau

Phillip S. Barbeau

Associate Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
426 Tunl, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90308, Durham, NC 27708-0308
(919) 660-2629


Professor Barbeau’s research interests are predominantly in the fields of neutrino and astroparticle physics. His efforts are focused on (but not limited to) three major areas of research: work towards the first observation of coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering; novel searches for the dark matter in our universe; and searches for zero neutrino double beta decay. The unifying aspect of the work is the common need for new and creative detector development in order to solve some of the “hard” problems in low-background rare-event detection.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 2009

Selected Grants

Sloan Foundation Early Career Award awarded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Support for Grayson Rich at Oak Ridge National Laboratory awarded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016


Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Sloan Research Fellowship awarded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2014 to 2016)

Albert, J. B., et al. “Search for nucleon decays with EXO-200.” Physical Review D, vol. 97, no. 7, Apr. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.97.072007. Full Text

Aalseth, C. E., et al. “Search for Neutrinoless Double-β Decay in ^{76}Ge with the Majorana Demonstrator..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 120, no. 13, Mar. 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.120.132502. Full Text

Albert, J. B., et al. “Search for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay with the Upgraded EXO-200 Detector..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 120, no. 7, Feb. 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.120.072701. Full Text

Jewell, M., et al. “Characterization of an Ionization Readout Tile for nEXO.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 13, no. 1, Jan. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/13/01/P01006. Full Text

Albert, J. B., et al. “Searches for double beta decay of Xe 134 with EXO-200.” Physical Review D, vol. 96, no. 9, Nov. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.092001. Full Text

Leonard, D. S., et al. “Trace radioactive impurities in final construction materials for EXO-200.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol. 871, Nov. 2017, pp. 169–79. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nima.2017.04.049. Full Text

Akimov, D., et al. “Observation of coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering..” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 357, no. 6356, Sept. 2017, pp. 1123–26. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.aao0990. Full Text

Barbeau, Phillip S. “Particle physics: The search for no neutrinos..” Nature, vol. 544, no. 7648, Apr. 2017, pp. 38–39. Epmc, doi:10.1038/544038a. Full Text

Albert, J. B., et al. “Measurement of the drift velocity and transverse diffusion of electrons in liquid xenon with the EXO-200 detector.” Physical Review C, vol. 95, no. 2, Feb. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.95.025502. Full Text

Davis, C. G., et al. “An optimal energy estimator to reduce correlated noise for the EXO-200 light readout.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 11, no. 7, July 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/11/07/P07015. Full Text