Walter Pettus

  • Program Years: 2011-2015
  • Academic Institution: University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Field of Study: Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics (Astro)
  • Academic Advisor: Karsten Heeger
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2012)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D., Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015
    B.A., Physics and Chemistry, Hillsdale College, 2009

Current Status


S. I. Alvis et al. (Majorana Collaboration) Multi-site event discrimination for the Majorana Demonstrator. arXiv:1901.05388
- Physical Review C Volume 99, June 2019, Page 065501
Govinda Adhikari et al. (COSINE-100 Collaboration) An Experiment to Search for Dark-Matter Interactions Using Sodium Iodide Detectors. arXiv:1906.01791
- Nature, Volume 564, Number 7734, December 2018, Page 83
C. E. Aalseth et al. (Majorana Collaboration) Search for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay in 76Ge with the Majorana Demonstrator. arXiv:1710.11608
- Physical Review Letters, Volume 120, Issue 13, March 2018, Page 132502
A. Ashtari Esfahani et al. (Project 8 Collaboration) Determining the neutrino mass with Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy - Project 8. arXiv:1703.02037
- Journal of Physics G, Volume 44, March 2017, Page 054004
E. Barbosa de Souza et al. First Search for a Dark Matter Annual Modulation Signal with NaI(Tl) in the Southern Hemisphere by DM-Ice17. arXiv:1602.05939
- Physical Review D, Volume 95, Issue 3, Feb 2017, Page 032006
J. Cherwinka et al. Measurement of Muon Annual Modulation and Muon-Induced Phosphorescence in NaI(Tl) Crystals with DM-Ice17. arXiv:1509.02486
- Physical Review D, Volume 93, Issue 4, Feb 2016, Page 042001
J. Cherwinka et al. First Data from DM-Ice17. arXiv:1401.4804
- Physical Review D, Volume 90, Issue 9, Nov 2014, Page 092005
J. Cherwinka et al. A Search for the Dark Matter Annual Modulation in South Pole Ice. arXiv:1106.1156
- Astroparticle Physics, Volume 35, Issue 11, June 2012, Pages 749-754


UW Madison Vilas International Research Travel Award (Fall 2014)
UW Madison Vilas Conference Presentation Award (Spring 2014)
American Physical Society DPF Travel Grant (April 2013)
US Delegate - 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (July 2012)
DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (2011 - present)
UW Madison Physics Van Vleck/University Fellowship (2009)

Hillsdale College:
Summa Cum Laude, graduate of the College Honors program (May 2009)
Outstanding Physics Major Award (Spring 2009)
Marsden Prize in Chemistry for Outstanding Junior Research (Spring 2008)
CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award (Spring 2006)
Dean's List (8 times, Fall 2005 - Spring 2009)
4.0 Dean's List (Spring 2005)
Eagle Scout Scholarship (2005 - 2009)

AP Scholar with Distinction (2005)