Vince Cianciolo

Vince Cianciolo

Neutron Physics Group Leader, nEDM@SNS Project Manager

Bio

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit and went to school at the University of Michigan and MIT. I've been in the ORNL Physics Division since 1997, initially working on the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

Since 2009 my work has focused on the development of an experiment to measure the neutron's electric dipole moment (nEDM) at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). The goal of nEDM experiments is to determine the degree to which the neutron's charge distribution is not perfectly round - which is curiously related to the (unknown) reason that matter exists in the Universe. For many years the only place to make nEDM measurements was at ORNL; the first was in 1950 at the Graphite Reactor. ORNL, specifically the SNS, is the perfect place to mount a new experiment that takes advantage of a nearly miraculous confluence of liquid Helium properties. The goal of our collaboration (~ 50 scientists at ~ 20 institutions) is to make a measurement of the nEDM that is a factor of 100 more precise than the current best measurement. For scale - if the neutron were the size of the earth our goal would be to determine the difference between the polar and equatorial diameters to a precision of 40 nanometers.

My interests outside of work include keeping up with my wife and kids, construction work for Habitat for Humanity, hiking and craft beer (these days drinking more than brewing).

Awards

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2001
• “For innovative definition of a unique measurement program for an experiment on the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and leadership in organizing and designing a principal detector that has been implemented at the facility”

Lockheed Martin Technical Achievement Award 1999
• “For innovative definition of a unique measurement program for an experiment on the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and leadership in organizing and designing a principal detector that has been implemented at the facility”

Projects

nedm_at_the_SNS
PHENIX

Publications

1. “Cold nuclear matter effects on heavy-quark production at forward and backward rapidities in d+Au collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV”, A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, to be published in Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014).

2. “Quadrupole anisotropy in dihadron azimuthal correlations in central d+Au collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV”, A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 212301 (2013).

3. “Nuclear-Modification Factor for Open-Heavy-Flavor Production at Forward Rapidity in Cu+Cu Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV”, A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. C86, 024909 (2012).

4. “Discovering the New Standard Model: Fundamental Symmetries and Neutrinos”, V. Cianciolo et al. (White Paper for 2012 Fundamental Symmetries and Neutrinos Town Meeting), http://arxiv.org/pdf/1212.5190v1 (2012).

5. “Ground and Excited Charmonium State Production in p+p Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200 GeV,” A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. D85, 092004 (2012).

6. “Heavy Quark Production in p+p and Energy Loss and Flow of Heavy Quarks in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV,” A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. C84, 044905 (2011).

7. “Enhanced Production of Direct Photons in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV and Implications for the Initial Temperature,” A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 132301 (2010).

8. “Detailed Measurement of the e+e- Pair Continuum in p+p and Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV and Implications for Direct Photon Production,” A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. C81, 034911 (2010).

9. “Dilepton Mass Spectra in p+p Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200 GeV and the Contribution from Open Charm,” A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Lett. B670, 313 (2009).

10. “J/Psi Production in sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV Cu+Cu Collisions,” A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 122301 (2008).

11. “Radiation Damage Study for PHENIX Silicon Stripixel Sensors,” J. Asai et al., including V. Cianciolo, http://arxiv.org/abs/0710.2676 (2007).

12. “Enhancement of the Dielectron Continuum in sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV Au+Au Collisions,” S. Afanasiev et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, nucl-ex arXiv 0706.3034 (2007).

13. “Measurement of Single Muons at Forward Rapidity in p+p Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200 GeV,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. D76, 092002 (2007).

14. “J/Psi Production in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV,” A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 232301 (2007).

15. “J/Psi Production Versus Transverse Momentum and Rapidity in p+p Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200 GeV,” A. Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 232002 (2007).

16. “Production of ω Mesons at Large Transverse Momentum in p+p and d+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. C75, 051902 (2007).

17. “Azimuthal Angle Correlations for Rapidity Separated Hadron Pairs in d+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 222301 (2006).

18. “Nuclear Modification of Single Electron Spectra and Implications for Heavy Quark Energy Loss in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 032301 (2006).

19. “Nuclear Modification Factors for Hadrons at Forward and Backward Rapidities in d+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 082302 (2005).

20. “J/Psi Production in sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV Au+Au Collisions,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. C69, 014901 (2004).

21. “Production of φ mesons at Mid-rapidity in sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV Au+Au Collisions at RHIC,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. C72, 014903 (2005).

22. “J/Psi Production in p+p Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200 GeV,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 051802 (2004).

23. “Centrality Dependence of Charm Production from Single Electrons in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 200 GeV,” S.S. Adler et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 082301 (2005).

24. “Formation of Dense Partonic Matter in Relativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions at RHIC: Experimental Evaluation by the PHENIX Collaboration. Status of our Program to Create, Detect and Characterize Quark-Gluon Plasma,” K. Adcox et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Nucl. Phys. A757, 184 (2005).

25. “PHENIX Muon Arms,” H. Akikawa et al., including V. Cianciolo, Nucl. Instrum. A499, 537 (2003).

26. “Centrality Dependence of pi+/-, K+/-, p and p(bar) Production from sqrt(sNN) = 130 GeV Au+Au Collisions at RHIC,” K. Adcox et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 242301 (2002).

27. “Measurements of Single Electrons and Implications for Charm Production in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 130 GeV,” K. Adcox et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 192303 (2002).

28. “Measuring Centrality with Slow Protons in Proton Nucleus Collisions at the AGS,” I. Chemkin et al. (E910 Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. C60, 024902 (1999).

29. “Status of Experiments Leading to a Small Recirculator,” T.C. Sangster et al., including V. Cianciolo, Nucl. Inst. Meth. A415, 310 (1998).

30. “Bose-Einstein Correlations of Kaons in Si+Au Collisions at 14.6 A·GeV,” Y. Akiba et al. (E802 Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 1057 (1993).

31. “Two-Particle Rapidity Correlations from the Bose-Einstein Effect in Central 28Si + Au Collisions at 14.6 A·GeV/c and Intermittency,” Y. Akiba et al. (E802 Collaboration), including V. Cianciolo, Phys. Rev. C56, 1544 (1997).

32. “Impurity Effects on Adhesive Energies,” J. R. Smith and T. V. Cianciolo, Surf. Sci. Lett. 210, L229 (1989).

Facilities Used

Spallation Neutron Source
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider