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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


Dr Leigh Whitehead a Senior Research Associate working in the Neutrino Group on the DUNE and ProtoDUNE experiments. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick in 2012 working on the T2K neutrino oscillation experiment. He took up a Research Associate position at University College London in 2012 and worked as part of the MINOS and CHIPS collaborations. He was awarded a Research Fellowship position at CERN in 2016 before joining the University of Cambridge Neutrino Group in 2019.



I have spent my career working on neutrino oscillation experiments. In particular, I have a strong focus on deep learning and event reconstruction in the DUNE and ProtoDUNE experiments. I currently convene the DUNE Far Detector Simulation and Reconstruction group and work on the Pandora event reconstruction framework. I also pursue applications of Convolutional Neural Networks, Graph Neural Networks and Generative Adversarial Networks to neutrino physics.


Key publications: 

These are a selection of published articles, please see the linked CV for a full list.

Neutrino interaction classification with a convolutional neural network in the DUNE far detector, submitted to Phys. Rev. D, arXiv:2006.15052, 2020

Long-baseline neutrino oscillation physics potential of the DUNE experiment, submitted to EJPC, arXiv:2006.16043, 2020

Image-Based Model Parameter Optimization Using Model-Assisted Generative Adversarial NetworksIEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 2020

Improved Constraints on Sterile Neutrino Mixing from Disappearance Searches in the MINOS, MINOS+, Daya Bay, and Bugey-3 Experiments, Accepted by Phys. Rev. Lett., 2020

Search for Sterile Neutrinos in MINOS and MINOS+ Using a Two-Detector Fit, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 091803, 2019

Limits on Active to Sterile Neutrino Oscillations from Disappearance Searches in the MINOS, Daya Bay, and Bugey-3 Experiments, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 151801, 2016

Search for Sterile Neutrinos Mixing with Muon Neutrinos in MINOS, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 151803, 2016

Neutrino oscillations with MINOS and MINOS+, Nuclear Physics B 908, Pages 130-150, 2016

Combined Analysis of νμ Disappearance and νμνe Appearance in MINOS Using Accelerator and Atmospheric NeutrinosPhys. Rev. Lett. 112, 191801, 2014

First muon-neutrino disappearance study with an off-axis beam, Phys. Rev. D 85, 031103, 2012

Indication of Electron Neutrino Appearance from an Accelerator-Produced Off-Axis Muon Neutrino Beam, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 041801, 2011


Senior Research Associate
Dr Leigh  Whitehead


Person keywords: 
High Energy Physics
Deep Learning
Event Reconstruction
Neutrino Physics