Experimental Nuclear & Astroparticle Physics

The UNC Experimental Nuclear and Astroparticle Physics (ENAP) group collaborates on experiments involving solar neutrinos (LENS and DEAP/CLEAN), neutrinoless double beta decay and the search for the neutrino mass (MAJORANA and KATRIN), direct dark matter searches (DEAP/CLEAN), and nuclear reactions of astrophysical interest (LENA). We are also commissioning a series of low-background counting facilities at the Kimballton mine in Virginia and the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) in Italy, in collaboration with scientists from Virginia Tech and NIST. The group members are affiliated with the UNC Department of Physics & Astronomy and Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory. Activities of the group are supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant #0705014), the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of North Carolina.