Donna Naples


415 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9038


My research is in the area of elementary particle physics and focuses on the study of neutrinos. Neutrinos are arguably the least well understood of the known fundamental particles. I studying their fundamental properties such as their masses, mixing and interations in matter. My experiments are currently based at Fermilab using the NuMI high intensity neutrino beam. I currently work on the long-baseline oscillation experiment  NOvA  as well as  MicroBooNE, which searches for eV scale sterile neutrinos and Minerva, measuring neutrino cross sections in matter. Planning for the next generation long-baseline oscillation experiment DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) which will help us further unravel neutrino mysteries, is now underway. It which will make use of a high intensity neutrino beam aimed at a 40Kton liquid argon TPC detector located in the Homestake mine in South Dakota. 


Selected Publications

  • "Electron neutrino and antineutrino appearance in the full MINOS data sample", P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 , 171801 (2013).
  • "A search for non-standard neutrino flavor-changing interactions by MINOS,", P. Adamson et al., Phys. Rev. D88 , 072011 (2013).
  • "Measurement of Muon Antineutrino Quasielastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target at E=3.5 GeV", MINERvA Collaboration, (L. Fields, et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 022510 (2013).
  • "Observation of Electron Neutrino Appearance in a Muon Neutrino Beam ,", T2K Collaboration, (K. Abe et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett.112. , 061802 (2014).
  • " Methods to Determine Neutrino Flux at Low Energies: Investigation of the Low-nu Method.", A. Bodek, U. Sarica, D. Naples, L. Ren, Eur. Physa. J C72, 1973 (2012).

Graduate Advisor

Lu Ren