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Doug Cowen

Professor of Physics
Doug Cowen


Dartmouth College (B.A., Physics), 1983
University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S., Physics), 1985
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., Physics), 1990


Appointments, Honors and Awards

  • Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowship, University of Sussex, UK, 2022-2024
  • Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 2015-2016
  • Associate Director, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, Penn State, 2013-2017
  • ICS Faculty Fellow, 2012
  • Fulbright Scholar, Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin, 2009
  • Research Visit Grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), 2008
  • NSF CAREER, 1999
  • Francis W. Sears Physics Prize, 1983
  • Sigma Xi Prize, 1983
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 1983
  • Rufus Choate Scholar, 1982
  • Francis L. Town Scientific Prize, 1981

Selected Publications

  1. Wilhelm, A., et al., Evaluation of light collection from highly scattering media using wavelength-shifting fibers, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 1049 (2023).
  2. Eller, P., et al., A flexible event reconstruction based on machine learning and likelihood principles, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 1048 (2023) .
  3. Multimessenger observations of a flaring blazar coincident with high-energy neutrino IceCube-170922A. Science. 2018 Jul 13;361(6398).
  4. Aartsen MG, et al. Measurement of Atmospheric Tau Neutrino Appearance with IceCube DeepCore. Phys. Rev. D. 2019; 99:032007.
  5. Ayala Solares H, et al.. The Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network (AMON): Performance and science program. Astroparticle Physics. 2020 January; 114:68.
  6. Aarsten MG., et al.. Characteristics of the diffuse astrophysical electron and tau neutrino flux with six years of IceCube high energy cascade data. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2020 January;125:12.
  7. Abbasi R, et al.. Follow-up of Astrophysical Transients in Real Time with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Astrophysical Journal. 2021 March; 910:4.
  8. Cowen DF, Taboada I. The WSPC Handbook of Astronomical Instrumentation. Burrows D, editor. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company; 2020. Neutrino Detectors.
  9. de Gouvea A, et al. Neutrinos. 2013. Available from:
  10. Aartsen MG, et al. Measurement of Atmospheric Neutrino Oscillations at 6-56 GeV with IceCube DeepCore. Phys. Rev. Lett.. 2018; 120:071801.
  11. Aartsen MG, et al. First observation of PeV-energy neutrinos with IceCube. Phys. Rev. Lett..2013; 111:021103.

Research Group Members

Current Graduate Students: Adam Baldoni, Garrett Wendell
Current Postdocs: Kayla Leonard DeHolton, Kaeli Hughes (with Prof. Wissel), Jan Weldert
Current Undergraduate Student(s):

Past Graduate Students: Matthew Dunkman, Feifei Huang, Justin Lanfranchi, Jordan Moore, Daria Pankova, Ignacio Taboada (at U. Penn)
Past Postdocs: Ken Clark, Philipp Eller, Aaron Fienberg, Brendan Fox, Darren Grant, Kael Hanson (at U. Penn), D. Jason Koskinen, Carsten Rott, Seon-Hee Seo, Pat Toale, Dawn Williams
Past Undergraduate Student(s): Harshraj Bandyopadhyay, Timothy Emeigh, Samantha Hug, Eliza Neights Parin Patel