Group Leader, Rare Event Detection
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division
University of California at Berkeley
Adam Bernstein is a staff physicist at LLNL and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He also leads the Rare Event Detection group in the Nuclear & Chemical Sciences division at LLNL. Since receiving his PhD in physics from Columbia University in 1995, he has worked on the development of advanced low noise, low cost, high-efficiency and high-resolution radiation detectors for use in fundamental and applied physics. He has pioneered and helped bring to maturity what has become a wide international effort to develop antineutrino detectors as a tool for monitoring nuclear reactors.
In the area of applied physics, Bernstein’s main interests are in the development of improved radiation detection techniques that facilitate global nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament. His fundamental physics interests are primarily in the study of rare neutral particles, in particular the measurement of neutrino oscillations using reactor sources, and the search for direct interactions of dark matter in Earthly detectors.