David Schmitz’s research focuses on exploring the properties of neutrinos—subatomic particles that permeate the universe in vast numbers, and may provide important clues to understanding its evolution. His studies include probing in detail how neutrinos interact with other matter, searching for a new type of “sterile” neutrino particle, and measuring any differences in the behavior of neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts, antineutrinos. Such differences could be part of the explanation for why the universe has come to be dominated by matter and is capable of supporting the surrounding structure.
Asst. Prof. Schmitz is a collaborator on several neutrino experiments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, including the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) as well as MicroBooNE and the Short-Baseline Near Detector (SBND), both part of the Short Baseline Neutrino program.