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Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress

Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist at CNS

Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress joined CNS in April 2009 as a Research Scientist to work with Dr. Patricia Lewis on issues of nuclear disarmament and on aspects of global proliferation of fissile materials.

He holds an MSc and PhD in high energy physics from Carleton University, Canada, specializing in ultra-low radioactivity background detectors. He has professional experience in the field of astroparticle physics and has focused primarily on fundamental research in neutrino physics. Neutrino physics is the study of indivisible particles that have significant roles in understanding stellar energy production, the nature of matter, and cosmology.

During the tenure of his research career he has been involved in several major discoveries in the field of neutrino physics. In 2002 his work in Canada at the Sudbury Solar Neutrino Observatory (SNO) contributed to the first definitive proof that neutrinos have finite mass. The SNO result was ranked as the top three scientific breakthroughs of 2002 for Science Magazine, Discover Magazine, and the American Institute of Physics. From 2003 until 2005 he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany to investigate further low background techniques in collaboration with participants from the Naval Research Laboratory (USA). He was one of the proponents of the Double Chooz project, an international collaboration to measure anti-neutrinos produced by fission in nuclear reactors. In 2005 he joined Princeton University to work at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory near L'Aquila, Italy on the Borexino solar neutrino experiment. His efforts contributed to the first real-time measurement of low energy solar neutrinos heralded in 2007 by Nature magazine as a "triumph for experimenters". Techniques developed in the interests of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear forensics rely on measuring extremely rare signals just as is the case in astroparticle physics.

In 2008, he worked at the Princeton Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University on verification methods and novel detection schemes for checking the declared HEU inventories of naval-reactor cores by simulating detection systems.