About Us

The Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA), is a DOE-funded Center of Excellence laboratory (Grant #DE-FG02-97ER41020) and Service Center located at the University of Washington Seattle campus.  CENPA supports a broad program of experimental physics research in fundamental symmetries, neutrinos, muons, axions, and non-Newtonian gravitation.  CENPA is located at the North Physics Lab:  a 53,500-sq. ft. stand-alone facility that supports up to 150 faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

CENPA supports a broad program of experimental physics research in fundamental symmetries, neutrinos, muons, axions, and non-Newtonian gravitation.  A major portion of our effort is involved with experiments done elsewhere using equipment we develop here, supporting a vigorous research program at sites as varied as the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, Fermilab in Illinois, the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.  CENPA is home to the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX) and the Eöt-Wash precision gravity group.  A 9-MV Tandem Van de Graaff Accelerator provides intense beams of light ions, and the world's most intense helium-6 source.

Our program in neutrino research includes continuing analysis of data from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Canada, participation in the KATRIN tritium beta decay experiment, and development of the cyclotron radiation spectroscopy method (Project 8) as a technique for neutrino mass measurement and fundamental symmetries studies.  We are major participants in the Majorana Demonstrator (76Ge) experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay.

The muon program includes the new experiment at Fermilab to measure the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon, and experiments at PSI to determine the muon lifetime, pseudoscalar coupling constant, and the weak coupling of neutrinos to the deuteron.

Reading our current Annual Report will provide a detailed overview of our most recent activities.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Washington - CENPA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We value all members in our communites equally without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington - CENPA is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).