Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Kareem Kazkaz

Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division

 +1 925-422-7208

Ph.D. Physics
University of Washington
M.Sc. Physics
University of Washington
B.Sc. Physics
Carleton College

Research Interests

I am a member of the Rare Event Detection group. We build and operate high-precision radiation detectors and develop algorithms aimed at detecting highly elusive particle interactions. My focus is specifically on WIMP dark matter and neutrino detection. I am also involved in nuclear nonproliferation experiments involving high-energy photon active interrogation to search for shielded SNM.

Honors and Awards

  • Directorate Award – PASS Experiment, 2015
  • Directorate Award – LUX Experiment, 2014
  • DOE Office of Science Outstanding Mentor - 2010

Selected (Recent) Publications

Foxe, M; Hagmann, C; Jovanovic, I, et al. "Modeling ionization and recombination from low energy nuclear recoils in liquid argon", Astropart. Phys., 69, 24-29, (2015).

Rich, GC; Kazkaz, K; Martinez, HP, et al. "Fabrication and characterization of a lithium-glass-based composite neutron detector", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 794, 15-24, (2015).

Horn, M; Akerib, DS; Araujo, HM, et al. "Results from the LUX dark matter experiment", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 784, 504-507, (2015).

Akerib, DS; Araujo, HM; Bai, X, et al. "Radiogenic and muon-induced backgrounds in the LUX dark matter detector", Astropart. Phys., 62, 33-46, (2015).

Foxe, M; Hagmann, C; Jovanovic, I, et al. "Low-energy (< 10 keV) electron ionization and recombination model for a liquid argon detector", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 771, 88-92, (2015).

Joshi, TH; Sangiorgio, S; Bernstein, A, et al. "First Measurement of the Ionization Yield of Nuclear Recoils in Liquid Argon", Phys. Rev. Lett., 112, 171303 (2014).

Mock, J; Barry, N; Kazkaz, K, et al. "Modeling pulse characteristics in Xenon with NEST", J. Instrum., 9, T04002 (2014).

Akerib, DS; Araujo, HM; Bai, X, et al. "First Results from the LUX Dark Matter Experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility", Phys. Rev. Lett., 112, 091303 (2014).

Sangiorgio, S; Joshi, TH; Bernstein, A, et al. "First demonstration of a sub-keV electron recoil energy threshold in a liquid argon ionization chamber", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 728, 69-72, (2013).

Kazkaz, K; Bowden, NS; Pedretti, M. "Comparison of Lithium Gadolinium Borate Crystal Grains in Scintillating and Nonscintillating Plastic Matrices", IEEE T. Nucl. Sci., 60, 1416-1426, (2013).

Akerib, DS; Bai, X; Bedikian, S, et al. "LUXSim: A component-centric approach to low-background simulations", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 675, 63-77, (2012).

Szydagis, M; Barry, N; Kazkaz, K, et al. "NEST: a comprehensive model for scintillation yield in liquid xenon", J. Instrum., 6, P10002 (2011).

Kazkaz, K; Walsh, N. "Combining stochastics and analytics for a fast Monte Carlo decay chain generator", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 654, 170-175, (2011).

Kazkaz, K; Foxe, M; Bernstein, A, et al. "Operation of a 1-liter-volume gaseous argon proportional scintillation counter", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 621, 267-277, (2010).

Mei, DM; Elliott, SR; Hime, A, et al. "Neutron inelastic scattering processes as a background for double-beta decay experiments", Phys. Rev. C, 77, 054614 (2008).

Elliott, SR; Gehman, VM; Kazkaz, K, et al. "Pulse shape analysis in segmented detectors as a technique for background reduction in Ge double-beta decay experiments", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 558, 504-510, (2006).

Aalseth, CE; Anderson, D; Arthur, R, et al. "The Majorana neutrinoless double-beta decay experiment", Phys. Atom. Nucl., 67, 2002-2010, (2004).

Kazkaz, K; Aalseth, CE; Hossbach, TW, et al. "MEGA: A low-background radiation detector", IEEE T. Nucl. Sci., 51, 1029-1033, (2004).

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