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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
Faculty & Staff

Dr. Robert Cooper, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Michigan (2008)

Department of Physics

Office: Gardiner Hall 358

New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM

Phone: 575-646-1293

FAX: 575-646-1934

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Robert Cooper
Office Hours Spring 2017



Dr. Cooper's research interests are in accelerator-based, experimental nuclear and particle physics. His research studies the fundamental interactions of neutrinos in matter, short baseline neutrino oscillations, and the novel use of neutrino detectors to search for accelerator-produced, low-mass dark matter. He is developing state-of-the-art liquid noble gas detectors, as well as classic technologies like organic liquid scintillators, to pursue these efforts.

Dr. Cooper is a member of the COHERENT collaboration at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The SNS is currently the world's most intense pulsed neutrino source, and COHERENT seeks a first measurement of the fundamental coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering interaction. He is also studying high-energy neutron interactions in liquid argon with the Mini-CAPTAIN detector at Los Alamos. Understanding these interactions is crucial for next generation liquid argon neutrino experiments at Fermilab. Neutron are also problematic backgrounds for many particle and nuclear experiments, and his work with the SciBath detector has shed important light on the source and intensity of these backgrounds at many experimental sites.