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Marvin Marshak


PAN 330 (office), 612-624-1312
PAN 450 (lab)
marshak @ •


Positions Held
Research Associate, University of Minnesota, 1970-1974
Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota, 1974-1978
Associate Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota, 1978-1983
Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota, 1983-1996
Director of Graduate Studies in Physics, University of Minnesota, 1983-1986
Head, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, 1986-1996
Director of the Residential College, 1994-1996, 1997-2004
Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota, 1996-1997
Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physics, 1996-present
Faculty Legislative Liaison, University of Minnesota, 1997-2001, 2002-2003
College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor, 2004-present
Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research, University of Minnesota, 2008-2015
Chair, Faculty (Senate) Consultative (Executive) Committee, 2004-2005
Chair, American Physical Society Constitution and By-laws Committee, 2003-2004
Chair, American Physical Society, Subcommittee on Graduate Education, 2008-2009
Chair, MINOS Collaboration Speakers’ Committee, 2008-2009
Chair, Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment Collaboration Executive Board, 2009-2012
Chair, Organizing Committee, 10th Conference on the Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics (CIPANP 2009)
Executive Committee, MINOS Collaboration, 2005-2010
Executive Committee, NOvA Collaboration, 2007-2010
Executive Committee, Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment Collaboration, 2010-2012
American Physical Society Committee on Informing the Public, 2015-present
DUNE Collaboration Resource Board, 2016-present
Organizing Committee, Neutrino 2020 Conference, 206-present
Chair, Organizing Committee, Weak Interactions and Neutrinos (WIN 2021) Conference, 2016-present
Guest or Visitor Appointments at Fermilab, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Board of Governors, Children’s Theater Company, 1986-1994

Founded the University of Minnesota Underground Laboratory at Soudan in 1979 and supervised the expansion of the laboratory in 1984-1986; also collaborated in the second expansion in 1999-2001. Although the Soudan Laboratory is now closed, for 37 years, this Laboratory added about ~$100 million to the economy of an underdeveloped region of the United States, while pursuing cutting-edge physics research. Established and encouraged outreach activities at Soudan, including a public visitor program, an open day, use of media to explain basic research. Started unique Physics Global Studies course, which takes undergraduate students abroad for a three-week intensive experience (2003, 2005, 2008, 2010). Founded the University of Minnesota Residential College, a program that included up to 450 undergraduate students and integrated academic and residential activities. Represented the 3,000 members of the University of Minnesota faculty in interactions with the Governor and Legislature of Minnesota. Served the University of Minnesota as its Senior Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer during the 1996-1997 conflict between the University Regents and faculty regarding policies on faculty tenure. He also participated in the management of the University’s reorganization of its biological sciences programs and the $225 million sale of the University Hospital. Played a significant role in raising $4 million to endow a Theoretical Physics Institute. Also raised approximately $0.5 million to endow the Abigail and John Van Vleck Lectureship in Physics, which has attracted nearly 20 Nobel-laureate lecturers. Often served as a Visiting Scientist in K-12 schools, principally in a program sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Blandin Foundation. Supervised the construction and operation of the NOvA Ash River Laboratory, including the installation of the 14,000 ton NOvA Far Detector.

Summary of Interests
Properties of fundamental interactions, including measurement of neutrino mass, tests of stability of matter (proton decay); high energy cosmic ray physics and astrophysics.

About My Work

I collaborate in experiments to determine the characteristics of the fundamental forces in Nature with an emphasis on the properties of neutral, leptonic elementary particles known as neutrinos. I also study very high energy cosmic rays which are incident on the earth from outer space to determine their nature and origin. A long-term interest is non-thermal stars as a possible source of cosmic radiation.

I teach introductory physics courses with an emphasis on calculus-based classes primarily intended for students with interests in science, engineering and mathematics.

Advisees and Collaborators

MINOS+, NOvA, DUNE and CHIPs Collaborations

Selected Publications

P. Adamson et al. (NOvA Collaboration), Constraints on Oscillation Parameters from νe Appearance and νμ Disappearance in NOvA, Phys.Rev.Lett. 118, 231801 (Jun 5 2017)

P. Adamson et al. (NOvA Collaboration), Measurement of the Neutrino Mixing Angle θ23 in NOvA, Phys.Rev.Lett. 118, 151802 (Apr 10 2017)

P. Adamson et al. (MINOS, Daya Bay and Bugey-3 Collaborations), Limits on Active to Sterile Neutrino Oscillations from Disappearance Searches in the MINOS, Data Bay and Bugey-3 Experiments, Phys.Rev.Lett. 117, 151801 (Oct 7 2016)

P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Search for Sterile Neutrinos Mixing With Muon Neutrinos in MINOS, Phys.Rev.Lett. 117, 151803

P. Adamson et al. (NOvA Collaboration), First Measurement of Electron Neutrino Appearance in NOvA, Phys.Rev.Lett. 116, 151806 (Apr 13 2016)

P. Adamson et al. (NOvA Collaboration), First Measurement of Muon Neutrino Disappearance in NOvA, Phys.Rev. D93, 051014 (Mar 25 2016)

P. Adamson et al. , The NuMI Neutrino Beam, Nucl.Inst.&Meth. A806 279-306 (Jan 11 2016)

P. Adamson et al. (MINOS Collaboration), Study of Quasi-Elastic Scattering Using Charged Current νμ-Iron Interactions in the MINOS Near Detector, Phys.Rev. D91, 012005 (Jan 8 2015)

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Combined Analysis of νμ Disappearance and νμ→νe Appearance in MINOS Using Accelerator and Atmospheric Neutrinos, Phys.Rev.Lett. 112 (2014) 191801

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Measurement of Neutrino and Antineutrino Oscillations Using Beam and Atmospheric Data in MINOS, Phys.Rev.Lett. 110 (2013) 25, 251801

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), A search for flavor-changing non-standard neutrino interactions by MINOS, Phys.Rev. D88 (2013) 072011

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Electron neutrino and antineutrino appearance in the full MINOS data sample, Phys.Rev.Lett. 110 (2013) 17, 171801

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Comparisons of annual modulations in MINOS with the event rate modulation in CoGeNT, Phys.Rev. D87 (2013) 3, 032005

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Measurements of atmospheric neutrinos and antineutrinos in the MINOS Far Detector, Phys.Rev. D86 (2012) 052007

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), An improved measurement of muon antineutrino disappearance in MINOS, Phys.Rev.Lett. 108 (2012) 191801

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Search for Lorentz invariance and CPT violation with muon antineutrinos in the MINOS Near Detector, Phys.Rev. D85 (2012) 031101

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Search for the disappearance of muon antineutrinos in the NuMI neutrino beam, Phys.Rev. D84 (2011) 071103

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Improved search for muon-neutrino to electron-neutrino oscillations in MINOS, Phys.Rev.Lett. 107 (2011) 181802

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), Active to sterile neutrino mixing limits from neutral-current interactions in MINOS, Phys.Rev.Lett. 107 (2011) 011802

MINOS Collaboration (P. Adamson et al.), First direct observation of muon antineutrino disappearance, Phys.Rev.Lett. 107 (2011) 021801


Ph.D., Physics, University of Michigan, 1970.
M.S., Physics, University of Michigan, 1969.
A.B., Cornell University, 1967.