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OSU alumnus researching supernova explosions at Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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Dr. Sudip Jana, an Oklahoma State University Department of Physics alumnus, has published new research exploring supernova explosions. A 2019 Ph.D. graduate, Jana is pursuing research at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Germany.

Dr. Sudip Jana
Dr. Sudip Jana

“My research focuses on what sort of physics we expect to learn from neutrinos,” Jana said. “This will highlight the big questions in neutrino physics and the impact of future experiments in answering these, including the complementarities among the experiments at the energy, lifetime, intensity and cosmic frontiers.” 

Jana is aiming to close the gap left by the Standard Model of Particle Physics through his research in neutrinos — the tiny, neutral and most abundant particle that has mass in the universe. Jana and his colleagues’ research will allow them to test other theories, particularly the theory of neutrino masses, with the goal of better understanding the universe.   

“I am driven by the ultimate ambition that the theory I put forth not only adds significant value but also transforms into a cornerstone of our understanding of nature,” Jana said. “There are strong theoretical and experimental indications for the existence of new physics.  

 “My primary focus is placed on theoretical and phenomenological aspects of neutrino physics, especially the theory of neutrino masses, model building, electromagnetic properties of the neutrino, neutrino interactions, CP violation in the neutrino sector, sterile neutrinos and the implications of the new physics associated with neutrinos.” 

Jana’s research paper “Resonances of Supernova Neutrinos in Twisting Magnetic Fields” was published March 5 in the Physical Review Letters. The paper investigates the role of neutrinos in the galaxy.  

“Personally, I am pleased with my sixth publication in PRL,” Jana said. “It's also noteworthy that Nobel Prize-winning papers have consistently appeared in PRL for 13 consecutive years.” 

Jana’s paper is available to read here. To learn more about the Department of Physics, visit their website.   

Story By: Erin Weaver, CAS Communications Coordinator |

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