P. James Norris
Graduate student
Idaho State University, United States

I studied electrical engineering and worked in a patent office before I decided to go back to graduate school a year ago. My specialty was reviewing patents related to graphical user interfaces for smartphones and other devices. But after reading many fascinating articles about physics research in Scientific American and other magazines, I decided to get a degree in physics. Now it’s all about neutrinos. For DUNE I work on computational fluid dynamics to understand the transport of ions and electrons in argon, the liquid inside the DUNE detectors. It’s important to understand how the noise created by impurities in the argon will affect our measurements of neutrino interactions.