Laura Fields

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

416 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-6651

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Research Interests

Prof. Fields scientific interest is in measurements of neutrino interactions and oscillations in accelerator-based neutrino beams. She is a member of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), where she is a leader in the effort to design, simulate and characterize the neutrino beam.

She is also co-spokesperson of the MINERvA experiment, which makes precision measurements of neutrino interactions with matter. These measurements will improve the precision of future long-baseline oscillation measurements and offer a unique view of nuclear structure.

Prof. Fields collaborates on two experiments that measure hadronic interactions in order to characterize the energy and flavor content of accelerator-based neutrino beams. The NA61/SHINE experiment at CERN has a long record of making precise measurements that have dramatically improved knowledge of neutrinos beam fluxes. EMPHATIC is a new experiment at Fermilab that will make the first-ever measurements of hadrons in a replica neutrino beam installed in a low-intensity testbeam. 


B.S., Physics and Math, University of Arkansas, 2001
Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 2002
M.S., Physics, Cornell University, 2006
Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, 2009


[1] Valencia et al. “Constraint of the MINERvA Medium Energy Neutrino Flux using Neutrino-Electron Elastic Scattering”. In: Accepted by Phys.Rev.D (2019). arXiv:1906.00111.

[2]  C. E. Patrick et al. “Measurement of the Muon Antineutrino Double-Differential Cross Section for Quasielastic-like Scattering on Hydrocarbon atEν∼3.5GeV”. In: Phys. Rev.D97.5 (2018), p. 052002. arXiv:1801.01197.

[3]  L. Aliaga et al. “Neutrino Flux Predictions for the NuMI Beam”. In: Phys. Rev.D94.9 (2016), p. 092005. arXiv:1607.00704.

[4]  T. Alion et al. “Experiment Simulation Configurations Used in DUNE CDR”. In: (2016). arXiv:1606.09550.

[5]  J. Devan et al. “Measurements of the Inclusive Neutrino and Antineutrino Charged CurrentCross Sections in MINERvA Using the Low-νFlux Method”. In :Phys. Rev.D94.11 (2016), p. 112007. arXiv:1610.04746.

[6]  J. Park et al. “Measurement of Neutrino Flux from Neutrino-Electron Elastic Scattering”. In: Phys. Rev.D93.11 (2016), p. 112007. arXiv:1512.07699.

[7]  R. Acciarri et al. “Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) and Deep Underground NeutrinoExperiment (DUNE) Conceptual Design Report”. In: (2015). arXiv:1512.06148.

[8]  L. Fields et al. “Measurement of Muon Antineutrino Quasi-Elastic Scattering on a Hydrocarbon Target atEν∼3.5GeV”. In: Phys.Rev.Lett.111 (2013), p. 022501. arXiv:1305.2234.