I'm Peter Ballett and I'm in my final year of study towards a PhD in Particle Physics at Durham University. My supervisor is Prof. S. Pascoli.
Discrete Family Symmetries
I am currently researching the potential of the next-generation of oscillation experiments for the study of models with discrete leptonic family symmetries. Models of this type have been very successful at producing phenomenologically viable mixing patterns but, as our knowledge of the PMNS matrix increases, will soon be subject to considerable experimental constraints. Understanding the ability of different proposed facilities to constrain models of this type will help us to establish design targets with concrete theoretical goals in mind.
Low-Energy Neutrino Factory
In a recent project, Prof. Pascoli and I studied the performance of the Low-Energy Neutrino Factory (LENF) over a parameter space which connects the traditional LENF design to the standard neutrino factory. Understanding this parameter range allows the two designs to be viewed as extreme configurations of a more general experiment and furthers our understanding of the optimal LENF. A pre-print of our paper can be found on the arXiv. We have also made an exhaustive set of plots from this study available for download. Further details of these plots, or the paper itself, can be provided if requested.
Young Theorists' Forum 2011
I was on the organisation committee for the 4th Young Theorists' Forum held at Durham University on December 14–15th 2011. This was a two day conference attended by over 90 theoretical physics graduate students working in the fields of high-energy physics, gravitation and cosmology. Further information on the forum, including timetables and abstracts, can be found on the conference website or in the programme.
Talks & Posters
I have presented my work at the following events: