Name: Prof. Ethan Brown
Position: Assistant Professor of Physics
Roles: PI of the XENON and nEXO collaborations at RPI,
Working group leader for Purification Group for XENON1T,
L2 manager for Cryogenics Group for nEXO,
Member of DARWIN Consortium
Phone: (518) 276-6331 (Office)
Education: Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
B.Sc. Physics, University of California, San Diego, CA, 2006
Research: Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014 – present
Postdoc, Muenster University, Germany, 2011-2014
Bio: My research is developing liquid xenon detectors for particle astrophysics experiments. My group focuses on the direct detection of dark matter and the search for neutrinoless double beta decay. As a member of the XENON100, XENON1T, XENONnT, and DARWIN dark matter experiments, and also the nEXO neutrinoless double beta decay experiment, my research focuses on development of techniques for operating high purity xenon detectors, including purification and diagnostics, as well as novel radiopure electrodes based on thin films. My group also works on simulations and data analysis looking for new physics with these experiments.



Name: Dr. Marie-Cecile Piro
Position: Postdoc
Phone: (518) 276-2542 (Office)
Education: Ph.D. Physics, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2012
M.Sc Physics, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2008
B.Sc. Physics, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2006
Bio: I joined XENON1T Experiment at RPI in May 2015. Before, I have conducted my research activities first in Canada where I received my PhD in the framework of the PICASSO experiment searching for Dark Matter (DM) using the superheated droplet technique. I played a major role on detector R&D and fabrication, commissioning at SNOLAB, acquisition and full data analysis. I continued my research in France as a postdoc in EDELWEISS III, an other DM experiment which uses ultra-pure germanium (HPGe) bolometer technique at cryogenic temperatures (18mK) and installed at LSM. My principal role was dedicated to the complete characterization of the HPGe detectors in the solid-state physics laboratory where I have made significant contributions concerning the charge transport and the evolution of charge collection, which is essential for the understanding of the HPGe detectors, its performances and for modeling. I was always strongly involved in the installation and commissioning of the detectors in low background environments (SNOLAB, LSM) and now also with XENON at LNGS. I always keeping myself informed and I attach a great importance to the various research activities especially concerning low background detection techniques, new physics and rare events searches. My principal interest concerns detection development technology (R&D) based on innovative ideas with multi-applications, in order to extract the interesting processes involved. Over all my research goal is mainly focussed on the understanding of the physical mechanism within the detectors which inevitably leads to the appropriate analysis methods for extracting the interesting physics signals.

Ph.D. Students

Name: Ted Berger
Position: Ph.D. Student
Education: M.Sc. Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2014
B.Sc. Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2013
Bio: I'm currently a second year Ph.D student in Physics. As an undergraduate I participated in work on the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment involving the use of background cosmic radiation to measure the clarity of the water in the water shields of the neutrino detectors, and hence the efficiency of the muon veto system. For my M.Sc. I oversaw a target arm upgrade of the PREX-II Moller Polarimeter, from mechanical design to production and installation. I also performed an analysis of spectrometer beam optics to understand the requirements for a precise measurement of electron beam polarization. My Current work is for the XENON Dark Matter Experiment.  I'm currently responsible for the design, simulation, production, and testing of a Gas Purity Monitor that will be installed at various points throughout the XENON1T purification system to help ensure adequate performance of various system components.  I'm also performing an analysis of   ^{83m}Kr in an effort to utilize the 9.4\ keV electron to characterize the detector in the region of the electron recoil band where we expect a dark matter signal. 


Name: Kelly Odgers
Position: Ph.D. Student
Education: B.Sc. Physics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Ca, 2014
Bio: I am a first year graduate student in the physics program, and just recently joined the nEXO collaboration. In my undergraduate career I competed in mathematical modelling competitions and completed a senior project on computational simulations of surface gravity waves on a circular fluid-fluid interface with varying conditions. There are many topics I'm beginning to investigate with regards to the nEXO experiment and high purity liquid xenon.

Master’s Students


Name: Daniel Alexander
Position: Co-Terminal M.Sc. Student
Bio I am currently a Junior in the B.Sc./M.Sc. co-terminal program in Physics. As a member of the XeRPI group since 2014, I've been working mainly on developing laboratory infrastructure, including the design and construction of a gas distribution system to direct and control high-purity xenon to various experiments in the lab. I'm also beginning to investigate the physics of the  ^{83m}Kr decay via internal conversion, and how it applies to the half-life measurement of the  7/2^{+} first excited state.


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Jenna Freedberg
Erik Johnson
Taylor Parrish
Will Steinberger
Leaf Swordy
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