Juan Pedro Ochoa Ricoux

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Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2010, Physics
M.S., California Institute of Technology, 2007, Physics
B.S., Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, 2003, Engineering Physics
Phone: (949) 824-1707
Email: jpochoa@uci.edu
University of California, Irvine
3119 Frederick Reines Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Abstract
My research aims to understand the world at its smallest and most fundamental scale. I specialize in elementary particles called "neutrinos", which can be thought of as the cousins of the electrons but which carry no electric charge. Neutrinos do some strange things no other particles do, such as traversing large quantities of matter (e.g. the entire planet Earth) without stopping and changing types as they travel. By studying them we can learn a lot about the fundamental makeup of our world as well as about the sources that produce them, such as our Earth, the Sun and supernova explosions, among many others.
Other Experience
Assistant Professor of Physics
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile 2013—2018
Associate Professor of Physics
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile 2018—2018
Chamberlain Fellow
Berkeley Lab 2009—2013
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