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: studying the physics 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., The University of Chicago 2009

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

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

Barbeau, P. S., et al. “Comment on "Fitting the Annual Modulation in DAMA with Neutrons from Muons and Neutrinos".” Physical Review Letters, vol. 113, no. 22, Nov. 2014, p. 229001. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.113.229001. Full Text

Albert, J. B., et al. “Search for Majoron-emitting modes of double-beta decay of Xe 136 with EXO-200.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 90, no. 9, Nov. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.90.092004. Full Text

Twelker, K., et al. “An apparatus to manipulate and identify individual Ba ions from bulk liquid Xe.The Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 85, no. 9, Sept. 2014, p. 095114. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.4895646. Full Text

EXO-200 Collaboration, E. H. “Search for Majorana neutrinos with the first two years of EXO-200 data.Nature, vol. 510, no. 7504, June 2014, pp. 229–34. Epmc, doi:10.1038/nature13432. Full Text

Albert, J. B., et al. “Improved measurement of the 2 ν β β half-life of 136 Xe with the EXO-200 detector.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 89, no. 1, Jan. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.89.015502. Full Text

Aalseth, C. E., et al. “CoGeNT: A search for low-mass dark matter using p-type point contact germanium detectors.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 88, no. 1, July 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.88.012002. Full Text

Akimov, D., and D. others. “Coherent Scattering Investigations at the Spallation Neutron Source: a Snowmass White Paper.” Proceedings, 2013 Community Summer Study on the Future of U.S. Particle Physics: Snowmass on the Mississippi (Css2013): Minneapolis, Mn, Usa, July 29 August 6, 2013, 2013.

Auger, M., et al. “Search for neutrinoless double-beta decay in 136Xe with EXO-200.Physical Review Letters, vol. 109, no. 3, July 2012, p. 032505. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.109.032505. Full Text

Dobi, A., et al. “Xenon purity analysis for EXO-200 via mass spectrometry.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol. 675, May 2012, pp. 40–46. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nima.2012.01.066. Full Text

Auger, M., et al. “The EXO-200 detector, part I: Detector design and construction.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 7, no. 5, May 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/7/05/P05010. Full Text