William Metcalfmetcalf

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Ph.D., 1974 - California Institute of Technology

Louisiana State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
218-A Nicholson Hall, Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001
(225) 578-8312-Office

Research Interests

Experimental High Energy

We came to LSU in 1979 as the junior member of the new experimental group in high energy physics. Our initial efforts at LSU centered on b-quark physics at CESR and on early neutrino oscillation experiments (E645) at Los Alamos. For a long period, we maintained the dual focus on collider physics and neutrino physics working on the AMY experiment at the TRISTAN electron-positron collider in Japan and the ZEUS experiment at the HERA electron-proton collider in Germany while also participating in the LSND neutrino experiment at Los Alamos. Currently, we are focusing solely on neutrino physics participating in the MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab.

Our interest in neutrino physics extends beyond the study of neutrino oscillations and includes measurements of neutrino cross sections that are of vital importance to particle theory, nuclear astrophysics, and future neutrino experiments. LSU has played an active role in this physics on both LSND and MiniBooNE. The key interest in the MiniBooNE experiment, however, remains a definitive study of LSND's evidence for neutrino oscillation. For future neutrino work, we are considering both extensions of the BooNE effort at Fermilab, as well as a reactor experiment in Europe.

Current and Select Publications

  • A.A. Aguilar-Arevalo, et al. (by The MiniBoone Collaboration), "A Search for electron neutrino appearance at the Delta m**2 ~ 1- eV**2 scale," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 231801 (2007).


  • L.B. Auerbach, et al. (by The LSND Collaboration), "Tests of Lorentz Violation in anti-nu(mu) --> anti-nu(e) oscillations," Phys. Rev. D 72, 076004 (2005).


  • S. Brice, et al., "The FINeSSE Detector," (2005) pp. 6, Prepared for 3rd International Workshop on Neutrino Nucleus Interactions in the Few GeV Region (NuInt04), Gran Sasso, Assergi, Italy, 17-21 March 2004. Published in Nucl. Phys. Proc. Suppl. 139, 317-322 (2005); Also inAssergi 2004, Neutrino Nucleus Interactions in the few GeV Region, 317-322.


  • L.B. Auerbach, et al. (by LSND Collaboration), "Search for pi0 --> nu(mu) anti-nu(mu) decay in LSND," Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 091801 (2004).