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College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel J Salvat

Research Scientist
Nuclear Physics

PhD Indiana University, 2015
Postdoctoral appointments: University of Washington

Office: CEEM 112
Phone: 5-8306
Email: dsalvat at

Recent progress in nuclear and particle physics has uncovered shortcomings in the standard model of particle physics. There must be new physics beyond the standard model, and precision tests of the standard model are needed to provide the evidence we need to formulate new theories and reshape fundamental physics. At the same time, many interactions that are sensitive to beyond-standard-model physics also require detailed knowledge of the behavior and structure of protons, neutrons, and nuclei -- a notoriously difficult task. My research rests at the interface of this struggle, and I perform research to both put the standard model to the test and refine our knowledge of weak interactions in nucleons and nuclei. I am interested in:

  • Precision studies of neutron beta-decay to understand the weak current of the neutron and search for new interactions
  • Muon capture experiments to understand the weak-interaction response of few-nucleon systems
  • Neutrino-nucleon scattering to constrain beyond-standard-model neutrino interactions and probe the internal structure of a variety of nuclei

  • My current work is mostly devoted to the COHERENT experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, UCNÏ„ experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the MuSun experiment at the Paul Scherrer Institut.