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

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)

Li, Z., et al. “Simulation of charge readout with segmented tiles in nEXO.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 14, no. 9, Sept. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/14/09/P09020. Full Text

Weldon, R. A., et al. “High-precision characterization of the neutron light output of stilbene along the directions of maximum and minimum response.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol. 927, May 2019, pp. 313–19. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nima.2018.10.075. Full Text

nEXO Collaboration, Seang-Mei. “Imaging individual barium atoms in solid xenon for barium tagging in nEXO.Nature, vol. 569, no. 7755, May 2019, pp. 203–07. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1169-4. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jamil, A., et al. “VUV-Sensitive Silicon Photomultipliers for Xenon Scintillation Light Detection in nEXO.” Ieee Transactions on Nuclear Science, vol. 65, no. 11, Nov. 2018, pp. 2823–33. Scopus, doi:10.1109/TNS.2018.2875668. Full Text

Sun, X. L., et al. “Study of silicon photomultiplier performance in external electric fields.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 13, no. 9, Sept. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/13/09/T09006. Full Text

Delaquis, S., et al. “Deep neural networks for energy and position reconstruction in EXO-200.” Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 13, no. 8, Aug. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/13/08/P08023. Full Text

Albert, J. B., et al. “Sensitivity and discovery potential of the proposed nEXO experiment to neutrinoless double- β decay.” Physical Review C, vol. 97, no. 6, June 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.97.065503. Full Text

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, p. 132502. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.120.132502. Full Text