PhD Success - Dr Pruthvi Mehta

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Dr Pruthvi Mehta successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis titled “NCQE interactions as a background to DSNB events with neutron tagging at SK-Gd”. The thesis summarises the Super-Kamiokande and T2K experiments, and focuses on the impact of adding Gadolinium to Super-Kamiokande, increasing the efficiency for detecting neutrons. Identifying the neutrons from neutrino events is particularly important for the Diffuse Supernovae Neutrino Background, as the neutron tagging helps distinguish these events from background. The largest remaining background originates from neutral-current quasi-elastic neutrino interactions which can be measured using T2K beam data. We wish her the best of luck and success in her future endeavours!