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Laboratory of Silicon Photomultipliers

About the laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Name of the institution of higher learning:
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)

Fields of scientific research:
Physical sciences

Research in the physics of high-energy particles and nuclear medicine utilizing silicon photomultipliers.

Leading scientist


Leading scientist's full name: Besson, David Z.

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Academic degree and title:
PhD in physics from Rutgers University, New Jersey

Job title:
Leading Co-Researcher, ARA Experiment (South Pole), Leading Researcher at Kansas University, ARIANNA Experiment (Ross ice shelf, Antarctica), researcher, Anita Experiment (NASA, Antarctica), researcher, IceCube Experiment, Leading Co-Researcher, Tara Experiment (Utah, USA), Co-Researcher, TUNKA Experiment (Tunka Valley, Russia).

Field of scientific interests:

1. Identification of ultra-high-energy extragalactic neutrinos (whose energy exceeds 100 PeV) using coherent radio-wave methods in Antarctic ice ("Askaryan Effect"; ARA, ARIANNA; ANITA).
2. Identification of ultra-high energies of giant air showers (whose energy exceeds 10 EeV) using radio-wave dissipation methods (Tara).
3. Identification of radio emissions produced by geomagnetic effects and separation of charges from giant air showers whose energy exceeds 10 PeV (Tunka).
4. Detailed measurements of complex dielectric permeability of pure cold ice.

Scientific recognition:

- Cottrell Prize (1996).
- Fulbright scholarship (2006).
- Supervised scientific research activities of nine Goldwater Prize winners (1997-2012) and one Rhodes scholarship recipient (2009).
- Prize "For outstanding research achievements in Antarctica" (2008).
- The sole author or main co-author of 54 scientific articles (1993-2013) primarily dedicated to astrophysics and the physics of ultra-high-energy particles.

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