Research Interests:

    My research interest is in astroparticle physics, with focus on high energy cosmic rays, dark matter search, muon and cosmogenic backgrounds, radiological and airborne contamination control. I have worked for many years on the high-energy neutrino astronomy project IceCube at the South Pole. I am currently also working on the direct dark matter search experiment Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment (deployed at 4850 ft level in the Sanford Underground Research Facility, SURF), the LZ project, and involved in the long-baseline neutrino project LBNE, LBNF/DUNE.

    The links to those projects are:
  • IceCube: High Energy Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole, Antarctica. (AMANDA/SPASE/RICE South-Pole winter-over scientist 1998 - 1999, member 2002 - 2009, Publication Committee member 2007 - 2010, associate member 2010 - 2014, full member and ICB member since March 2014)
  • LUX/LZ Dark Matter Search Experiment in Sanford Lab, Homestake Lead, SD (LUX member & Executive Committee member since 2009; LZ member since 2012, institutional representative 2012 - 2015)
  • The Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment: LBNE, LBNF/DUNE (member since 2010, Radiological & Cleanliness Convenor 2012 - 2014, institutional representative 2010 - 2015)

2016 Fall Teaching

New Courses To Offer in Future

    PHYS-764 Physics of Neutrinos (3 credits)
          Contents:
          Properties of Neutrinos and Quantized Dirac Fields
          The Standard Model of the Weak Interaction and Leptons
          Neutrino Mass Direct Search
          Neutrino Mixing and Oscillations
          Double Beta-decay
          Neutrino Mass and Physics Beyond the Standard Model
          Atmospheric neutrinos
          Astrophysical neutrinos

    PHYS-xxx Probability, Statistics, and Methods in Experimental Data Analysis (3 credits)

Courses taught since 2009

    1. Physics Courses:
            PHYS-183 Elements of Modern Astronomy (3 credits)
            PHYS-211 University Physics I (3 credits)
            PHYS-341/441/541 Thermodynamics (3 credits)
            PHYS-343/443/543 Statistical Physics (3 credits)
            PHYS-433/533: Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics (3 credits)
            PHYS-451/551 Classical Dynamics (4 credits)
            PHYS-481/581 Mathematical Physics (4 credits, shared)
            PHYS-733 Experimental Particle Physics: Principles, Data Analysis, and Simulation (3 credits, new)
            PHYS-773 Quantum Mechanics II (3 credits)

    2. Labs and Physics Designs:
            PHYS-111L Introduction to Physics I Laboratory (1 credits)
            PHYS-113L Introduction to Physics II Laboratory (1 credits)
            PHYS-213L University Physics II Laboratory (1 credits)
            PHYS-312 Experimental Physics Design I (2 credits)
            PHYS-314 Experimental Physics Design II (2 credits)
            PHYS-412 Advanced Design Projects I (3 credits)
            PHYS-414 Advanced Design Projects II (3 credits)



















Contact: Xinhua.Bai@sdsmt.edu