Sophia Farrell

  • Program Year: 4
  • Academic Institution: Rice University
  • Field of Study: Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Aaron Higuera
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2021)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Physics, Concentration in Applied Mathematics, University of Dallas, 2019 


Featured publications:
"Signal characterization with a Bayesian Network in XENONnT," XENON Collaboration (primary corresponding author), Phys. Rev. D. 108, 012016 (2023). DOI: 0.1103/PhysRevD.108.012016.
"First Dark Matter Search with Nuclear Recoils from the XENONnT Experiment," XENON Collaboration, Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 041003 (2023). DOI: 0.1103/PhysRevLett.131.041003
"Search for New Physics in Electronic Recoil Data from XENONnT," XENON Collaboration, Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 161805 (2022). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.129.161805.
"A Review of NEST Models, and Their Application to Improvement of Particle Identification in Liquid Xenon Experiments," M. Szydagis, J. Balajthy, G.A. Block, J.P. Brodsky, E. Brown, J.E. Cutter, S.J. Farrell*, J. Huang, E.S. Kozlova, C.S. Liebenthal, A. Manalaysay, D.N. McKinsey, K. McMichael, M. Mooney, J. Mueller, K. Ni, G.R.C. Rischbieter, M. Tripathi, C.D. Tunnell, V. Velan, M.D. Wyman, Z. Zhao, M. Zhong. Submitted to Phys. Rev. D (2022). arXiv: 2211.10726
"Symmetry in the diffraction of beams carrying orbital angular momentum," A. Ambuj, E. Walla, S. Andaloro*, S. Nomoto, R. Vyas, S. Singh. Phys. Rev. A 99, (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.99.013846.

Other publications:
"The Triggerless Data Acquisition System of the XENONnT Experiment," XENON Collaboration, JINST (2023). DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/18/07/P07054
"Low-energy Calibration of XENON1T with an Internal 37Ar Source," XENON Collaboration, EPJC 83, 6, 542 (2023). DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-023-11512-z
"A next-generation liquid xenon observatory for dark matter and neutrino physics," R. Lang et al. J. Phys. G. 50, 013001 (2023). DOI: 10.1088/1361-6471/ac841a
"Search for events in XENON1T associated with Gravitational Waves," XENON Collaboration, Submitted to Phys. Rev. D (2022). DOI: 10.48550/arXiv.2306.11871
"An approximate likelihood for nuclear recoil searches with XENON1T data," XENON Collaboration, EPJC 82, 989 (2022). DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-022-10913-w
"Effective Field Theory and Inelastic Dark Matter Results from XENON1T," XENON Collaboration, Submitted (2022). DOI: 10.48550/arXiv.2210.07591
"Double-weak decays of 124Xe and 136Xe in the XENON1T and XENONnT experiments" XENON Collaboration, Phys. Rev. C. 106, 024328 (2022). DOI: 0.1103/PhysRevC.106.024328.
"Emission of single and few electrons in XENON1T and limits on light dark matter" XENON Collaboration, Phys. Rev. D. 106, 022001 (2022). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.106.022001.
"Application and modeling of an online distillation method to reduce krypton and argon in XENON1T" XENON Collaboration, Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics 5, 053H01 (2022). DOI: 10.1093/ptep/ptac074.
"Material radiopurity control in the XENONnT experiment," XENON Collaboration, Eur. Phys. J. C 82, 599 (2022). DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-022-10345-6.
"Search for Coherent Elastic Scattering of Solar 8B Neutrinos in the XENON1T Dark Matter Experiment," XENON Collaboration, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 091301 (2021). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.091301.
"Search for inelastic scattering of WIMP dark matter in XENON1T," XENON Collaboration, Phys. Rev. D 103, 063028 (2021). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.103.063028.


DOE NNSA SSGF Fellow, 2020-Present
Henry and Margaret Dunlap Fellowship, Rice U. Physics Department (2019)
Duncan Fellowship, Rice U. Physics Department (2019)
Dean's Fellowship, Rice U. Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (2019)

2021 SSGF Essay Winner
NSF GRFP Awardee (April 2020). (Declined in order to accept the DOE NNSA SSGF).
NSF GRFP Honorable Mention (April 2019)
Cardinal Spellman Award (May 2019): U. of Dallas award, granted to one student upon both faculty and colleague nomination. Recognizes distinguished potential to succeed in future graduate study.
Monostori Award (May 2019): U. of Dallas Physics department award, granted to a senior in physics who has excelled in course work, research, and leadership.
Summa cum laude (May 2019)
Robert S. Hyer Award (October 2018): Texas Section of the American Physical Society (APS) award for outstanding undergraduate research on "Fraunhofer Diffraction of Laguerre-Gaussian Vortex Beams."
Clare Boothe Luce Award (2017-2019)
Society for Physics Students Chapter of the Year Award: 2018-2019
Notable Affiliations: Phi Beta Kappa (2018), Sigma Pi Sigma (2018), American Physical Society