Rellen Hardtke

  • Program Years: 1998-2002
  • Academic Institution: University of Wisconsin
  • Field of Study: Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Francis Halzen
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2000)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
    M.A. Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
    B.S. Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992

Current Status

  • Status: Professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Research Area: Particle Astrophysics (Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts), Gender & Science
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    My practicum advisor, Prof. George Smoot of LBNL and UC-Berkeley, was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics with John Mather of Goddard.


    "The Search for Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts with the Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array (AMANDA)", submitted (2007), A. Achterberg, et al.
    "Five years of searches for point sources of astrophysical neutrinos with the AMANDA-II neutrino telescope", Physical Review D accepted (2007), A. Achterberg, et al.
    "Limits on the High-Energy Gamma and Neutrino Fluxes from the SGR 1806-20 Giant Flare of 27 December 2004 with the AMANDA-II Detector", Physical Review Lett. 97 221101 (2006), A. Achterberg, et al.
    "First Year Performance of the IceCube Neutrino Telescope", Astropart. Phys. 26, 3 (2006), A. Achterberg, et al.
    "Limits on the Muon Flux from Neutralino Annihilations at the Center of the Earth with AMANDA", Astropart. Phys. 26, 2 (2006), A. Achterberg, et al.
    "The IceCube prototype string in AMANDA", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A556:169-181 (2006), Ackermann, et al.
    "Flux limits on ultra high energy neutrinos with AMANDA-B10", Astroparticle Physics 22 339-353, (2005) Ackermann, et al.
    "Neutrino astronomy and cosmic rays at the south pole: latest results from AMANDA and perspectives for IceCube", International Journal of Modern Physics A 20 6919-6923 (2005), Desiati, et al.
    "The Search for Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts with AMANDA", ICRC2005 Proceedings, (2005) Kuehn, et al.
    "Search for extraterrestrial point sources of high energy neutrinos with AMANDA-II using data collected in 2000-2002", Physical Review D 71 077102 (2005), Ackermann, et al.
    "Measurement of the cosmic ray composition at the knee with the SPASE-2/AMANDA-B10 detectors", Astroparticle Physics 21 565-581, (2004) Ahrens, et al.
    "Calibration and Survey of AMANDA with the SPASE Detectors", Nuc. Instr. and Meth. in Phys. Res. A 522 347-359 (2004), J. Ahrens et al.
    "Search for Extraterrestrial Point Sources of Neutrinos with AMANDA-II", Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 071102 (2004), J. Ahrens et al.
    "Searching for High Energy Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts with AMANDA", ICRC2003, R. Hardtke, et al.
    "The Search for Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts with the AMANDA Detector", (2002), Ph.D. thesis, R. Hardtke.
    "Limits to the muon flux from WIMP annihilation in the center of the Earth with the AMANDA detector", Physical Review D 66, 032006 (2002) J. Ahrens, et al.
    "Search for supernova neutrino bursts with the AMANDA detector", Astroparticle Physics, (2002) Vol 16/4, pp 345-359, J. Ahrens, et al.
    "The AMANDA Search for High Energy Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts", Woods Hole Proceedings (2001) R. Hardtke, et al.
    "Observation of high-energy neutrinos using Cerenkov detectors embedded deep in Antarctic ice", Nature 410, 6827 (2001) E. Andres, et al.
    "The AMANDA Search for High Energy Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts", ICRC2001 Proceedings, R. Hardtke, et al.


    UWRF College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012.
    UWRF College of Arts & Sciences Advising Excellence Award, 2011.
    Distinguished Teaching Award nominee, Cal Poly Pomona.
    Elizabeth Hirschfelder Award for graduate work in physics.
    Graduate Student Council Vilas Travel Fellowship for UW-Madison Dissertators.
    American Astronomical Society NASA/NSF Travel Grant.
    Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation Award.
    Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin.
    L.R. Ingersoll Prize for outstanding undergraduate work in physics, University of Wisconsin.
    Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Society.
    Kemper K. Knapp Merit Scholar.
    Robert C. Byrd All-State Scholar.