The Ohio State University recently named 10 young researchers as the 2019 cohort of President's Postdoctoral Scholars. Physics is fortunate to have Steven Prohira among their number.
Steven received his Masters and PhD in Physics from the University of Kansas. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in at Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics. His research has primarily focused on radio-based detection techniques for high-energy particles, such as cosmic rays and neutrinos. He helped to develop a firmware trigger for the Telescope Array Radar (TARA) experiment in central Utah, which sought to detect cosmic-ray air showers using a radar technique. In 2018, Steven led the most ambitious experiment to date to test the feasibility of radar detection of high energy particle cascades in dense material (analysis is ongoing). A major focus of Steven’s work is to develop this new, radar-based technique for detecting high-energy neutrinos from astrophysical sources, which requires a mix of theory, simulation, analysis, experiment, and field work. Faculty John Beacom, Amy Connolly, and Jim Beatty are assisting Steven as he leads his independent research program.
Learn more about this year's scholars and this program, launched last January (2018). Congratulations Steven!