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I am a Research Assistant Professor at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago working in the field of Particle Physics. I am developing a novel photo-detector technology with the goal to build a large-area many-pixel camera with picosecond time resolution to reconstruct images in 3D. Applications for such cameras include medical imaging, proton therapy, and research in high energy and nuclear physics.

I am particularly interested in a very rare nuclear process, neutrinoless double beta decay. This nuclear decay hasn't been observed yet, but if discovered it would prove that neutrino is its own antiparticle, which in turn may explain several fundamental properties of our universe. For example, neutrinos may be responsible for the absence of antimatter around us nowadays while we believe that there was equal amount of matter and antimatter shortly after the Big Bang.

Currently I am working on new instrumentation and experimental techniques for a very large liquid scintillator detector that can be used to find neutrinoless double beta decay even if the effective neutrino mass is very small.

Andrey Elagin
EFI, PRC 263
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