First Name
Hirohisa
Middle Name
A
Last Name
Tanaka
Nick Name
Hiro
Position
Associate Professor
Office Room
Hennings 278
Tel (Office)
(604) 822-4891
Email
tanaka@phas.ubc.ca

Students Wanted
willing to supervise (scholarship only)


Bachelor's Degree
Harvard University, 1997, A.B. Physics and Mathematics

Doctoral Degree
Stanford University, 2002, Ph.D. in Physics

Employment History
  • Research Associate, Princeton University (2002-2005)
  • Research Scholar, Princeton University (2005-2007)
  • IPP Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (2007-)
  • Continuing IPP Research Scientist (2010-)
  • Associate Professor, University of British Colubmia (2012-)

Awards

Committees and Service
  • Co-Chair, T2K Analysis Steering Group, ex officio member of T2K Executive Committee and Speakers Board (2013-)
  • Member of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) Neutrino Panel (2013-)
  • Head Organizer, Insititute of Nuclear Physics Workshop on Neutrino-Nucleus Interactions for Long Baseline Neutrino Experiments
  • Member of the local organizing committee for the inaugural Tri-Institute Summer School On Elementary Particles (TRISEP) (2012-2013)
  • Member of the TRIUMF Senior Appointments Committee (2013-)
  • Member of the TRIUMF 5 Year Plan Steering Committee (2012-)
  • Member of the Institute of Particle Physics (IPP) Scientific Council (2012-)
  • T2K-SK Convener (far detector for T2K) (2012-2013)
  • ND280 Analysis Convener (near detector for T2K ) (2009-2011)
  • Member of the T2K Analysis Steering Group (ASG) (2009-)
  • Member, SNOLab experimental advisory committee (2009-2012)
  • Local Organizing Committee, XXXI International Symposium on Physics in Collision (2011)
  • Co-convenor of Neutrino Session, 34th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP 2008)
  • Fermilab Users' Executive Committee (UEC) 2003-2004

Citizenship
USA

Research Area
Particle & Nuclear Physics

Research Field
Experimental Particle Physics

Research Topics
Neutrino Physics

Abstract

I am currently working on the T2K (Tokai-to-Kamioka) project, a long-baseline neutrino oscillation search, with Professors Hearty and Oser . The experiment will send a neutrino beam from the J-PARC accelerator complex on the eastern shore of Japan to the Super-Kamiokande detector 295 km away in the Japanese Alps. The experiment searches for the transmutation of muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos which is the next major step in our understanding of the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations. Detection of this mode of neutrino oscillation will open the door to the study of differences between neutrino and anti-neutrino oscillations (CP violation) which may hold clues to how the universe evolved into its matter-dominated state through leptogenesis.

The UBC group has a leading role in the time projection chambers (TPC) and fine-grained scintillator tracking detectors (FGD) for the T2K near detector system (ND280). With our collaborators across Canada, we are playing a leading role in the analysis effort across T2K. I was formely convener of analysis activites for the near detector, and am now convening the analysis of data from Super-Kamiokande from the T2K beam,

With the experiment complete and data-taking in progress, it is a great time to join the effort. In addition to the analysis data, we are very active in the development of calibration and reconstruction algorithms. We also run a number of test-beam runs at TRIUMF with electrons, muons, pions and protons to understand the response of the detectors to the particles that emerge from neutrino interactions.