Karsten Heeger

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Professor of Physics; Chair Physics Department, Director Wright Laboratory
SPL 54 / WL 214
203-432-3651 / 203-432-3378
Biographical Sketch: 

Karsten Heeger is a Professor of Physics and Director of the Wright Laboratory at Yale University. His research focuses on the study of neutrino oscillations, neutrino mass, and dark matter. Prof. Heeger received his undergraduate degree in physics from Oxford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle where he worked on a model-independent measurement of the solar 8B neutrino flux in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). Before joining the faculty at Yale University he was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin and a Chamberlain Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work has been recognized with numerous awards, and he has served on national and international committees including the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP), the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC), the DPF Executive Committee, the DNP Nominating Committee, and the APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs. Prof. Heeger is Associate Editor for the European Physical Journal C and Journal of Physics G.

Research : 

Professor Heeger’s research focuses on the study of neutrino oscillations, neutrino mass, and dark matter. His thesis work was on the first model-independent measurement of the 8B solar neutrino flux with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) that led to the resolution of the solar neutrino problem. Heeger was involved in the first observation of reactor antineutrino oscillation with KamLAND and discovered non-zero theta13 with Daya Bay. Heeger is now searching for neutrinoless double beta decay and studying the nature of neutrinos with CUORE, probing the existence of sterile neutrinos with PROSPECT, and performing R&D with Project 8 towards a novel experiment to measure neutrino mass. Heeger collaborates with the DM-Ice project at the South Pole to test DAMA’s claim for the detection of dark matter.


Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, 2002

Honors & Awards: 

Heeger’s research has been recognized with numerous awards. For his thesis work he was awarded the 2003 APS Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics. In 2008 he received Outstanding Junior Investigator awards from DOE Nuclear Physics for the investigation of neutrino properties with bolometric detectors and from DOE High Energy Physics for the measurement of the neutrino mixing angle theta13 at Daya Bay. Heeger was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2009 and a UW Romnes Faculty Fellowship in 2011. He was named a Kavli Fellow in 2012 and elected APS Fellow in 2013. He shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics as a member of three collaborations: SNO, KamLAND, and Daya Bay.