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Prof Ruben Saakyan
Appointment
  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Role
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Research Groups
Research Summary

I graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) in 1993 with an MSc in experimental nuclear and particle physics. After graduating I became a junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics ­ ITEP (Moscow, Russia). At ITEP I was working on my PhD which involved building a liquid argon based detector for ultra-low background experiments. At the end of 1995 the detector was moved to the Gran Sasso underground laboratory (LNGS) in Italy located about 100 km east of Rome. I followed the detector and in Ocotober 1995 moved to LNGS where I became a Research Fellow.

After completion of the experiment at LNGS in 1999 I was offered a post-doctoral position at UCL to work on the MINOS long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment which I happily accepted. So in early 2000 I started to work as Research Assistant at High Energy Physics group of the Department. In 2000-2003 I spent a sizeable fraction of my time at the European Centre for Nuclear Physics (CERN) near Geneva.

In October 2004 took up a lecturer position at UCL and at the same time received a 5-year Advanced Fellowship from the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC). In October 2007 I was promoted to a readership and subsequently to Professor in October 2011.

Since undergraduate years the main focus of my research was experimental neutrino physics. Apart from addressing directly the question of neutrino mass these experiments are linked to other most fascinating problems of particle physics and beyond such as grand unification and the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe. My expertise covers a range of topics including ultra-low background and underground physics, detector technology, data acquisition and advanced data analysis. I am leading the UK data analysis effort in the NEMO3 double beta decay experiment which recently stopped taking data and its future successor ­ the SuperNEMO project which is an international collaboration comprising UK, France, Spain, USA, Russia and other countries. The main objective of these two experiments is to measure the absolute neutrino mass and reveal its origin. I am co-spokesperson of the SuperNEMO collaboration since 2009.

Appointments
2007 Reader Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
2004 Lecturer Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
2000 Research Assistant High Energy Physics Group, Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
2000 – 2003 Research Assistant   CERN, Switzerland
1999 Post- doctoral Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
1995 Research Fellow   Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory (LNGS), Italy
1993 Junior Research Fellow   Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics , Russian Federation
Academic Background
    Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
1993   Master of Science Moscow State Engineering and Physics Institute
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