Diana Parno

Experimental physicist at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics

Welcome!

I am an experimental physicist at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA), hosted by the Physics Department at the University of Washington (UW). As an Acting Assistant Professor, I am involved in several neutrino-physics experiments: KATRIN (an effort to measure the absolute mass scale of the neutrino using tritium beta decay), TRIMS (an effort to test the molecular-physics theories that will be used in extracting the final KATRIN result), and most recently COHERENT (an effort to observe coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering, predicted in the Standard Model but never yet seen in action). As the Associate Director of CENPA, I help facilitate and support a broad range of other exciting experimental projects, including neutrinoless double beta decay, precision muon physics, a search for scalar tensor weak currents, precision tests of gravity, and a search for axion dark matter.

In Fall 2015, I am teaching Physics 585, a seminar course focusing on dark-matter searches. The course is offered alongside Physics 427/576, taught by Gray Rybka, which have one additional meeting per week.