Joanna Kiryluk, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research, “CAREER: Experimental Particle Astrophysics with High Energy Neutrinos in IceCube.”
The CAREER program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Kiryluk’s NSF CAREER award will support her group in research with neutrinos and the IceCube observatory at the South Pole. This research aims at elucidating the origins of the most powerful cosmic accelerators in the Universe.
In 2013, IceCube discovered the existence of a diffuse flux of highly energetic neutrinos of yet unknown origin. Kiryluk’s proposed precision measurements will give new insights in the composition of this flux, specifically that from electron and from tau neutrinos in the TeV ‑ PeV energy range, and will confirm or refute the characteristics predicted by theoretical models on the possible sources and acceleration mechanisms.
By integrating forefront research with education and outreach — in particular through the SBU WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program — Kiryluk wants to increase and diversify the pool of students in STEM fields at Stony Brook University and in the Long Island area.