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College of Arts and Sciences

James A. Musser

James A. Musser Professor
High Energy Astrophysics & Neutrino Physics

B.A., University of Arizona, 1979.
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1984.
Postdoctoral Position: University of Michigan.

Office: 303 Swain W
Phone: Swain West 303 (812)855-9933 | Swain West 117 (812)855-1247
Email: jmusser at

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MINOS is an experiment based at Fermilab which is designed to search for oscillations between neutrino species. Recent results from a number of recent experiments have suggested that muon neutrinos are mixing (oscillating) with a second neutrinos species, most probably with the tau neutrino. Mixing between neutrino species is possible only if neutrinos are massive, contrary to present assumptions. MINOS promises to provide an exceptionally important result in one of the most exciting and active areas of particle physics research at this time.

NOVA is a planned experiment at Fermilab that uses the same neutrino beam employed by MINOS, with a new far detector that is optimized to observe the sub-dominant oscillations that are the key to understanding CP violation in the lepton sector.

CREST promises to provide the first measurements of the cosmic electron flux at energies greater then 10 TeV. I am the Spokesman for this multi-institutional project (which involves U. Michigan, U. Chicago, Penn State University, and Northern Kentucky University)

Selected Publications

  • Neutrino and antineutrino inclusive charged-current cross section measurements with the MINOS near detector (MINOS Collaboration) Phys Rev D 81, 7 (2010).*
  • Search for sterile neutrino mixing in the MINOS long-baseline experiment (MINOS Collaboration) Phys Rev D 81,,5 (2010).*
  • New constraints on muon-neutrino to electron-neutrino transitions in MINOS (MINOS Collaboration) Phys Rev D 82, 5 (2010).*
  • Observation of muon intensity variations by season with the MINOS far detector (MINOS Collaboration) Phys.Rev.D 81, 1 (2010). *