Anthony Villano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: North Classroom 3123F


Ph.D. Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2007
M.S. Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2004
B.S. Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2004
B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2004

About Me and My Research

I am a first-generation college-going physicist. I'm deeply interested in fundamental physics, teaching, and learning of all types. Can I help you to achieve your goals within scientific fields?

My research focuses on detector characteristics for fundamental physics measurements, especially those related to the search for dark matter. I am part of the SuperCDMS collaboration and am especially interested in low-energy recoils in cryogenic semiconductor detectors. In addition to these studies I am interested in data analysis for fundamental science in general and backgrounds in low counting-rate experiments.

Selected Publications

The SuperCDMS Collaboration. First Dark Matter Constraints from a SuperCDMS Single-Charge Sensitive Detector. Phys. Rev. Lett., 121:051301, 2018

The SuperCDMS Collaboration. Low-mass dark matter search with CDMSlite. Phys. Rev. D, 97:022002, 2018

The SuperCDMS Collaboration. Projected Sensitivity of the SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment. Phys. Rev. D, 95:082002, 2017

The SuperCDMS Collaboration. New results from the search for low-mass weakly interacting massive particles with the cdms low ionization threshold experiment. Phys. Rev. Lett., 116:071301, 2016.

The SuperCDMS Collaboration. Improved WIMP-search reach of the CDMS II germanium data. Phys. Rev. D, 92:072003, 2015

A. Roberts, A.N. Villano, A.M. Howard, and J.J. Kolata. A simple cosmic-ray veto shield for low-rate neutron measurements. NIMA, 783:28 – 34, 2015.

A. Roberts, A. M. Howard, J. J. Kolata, A. N. Villano, F. D. Becchetti, P. A. DeYoung, M. Febbraro, S. J. Freeman, B. P. Kay, S. A. McAllister, A. J. Mitchell, J. P. Schiffer, J. S. Thomas, and R. O. Torres-Isea. Proton pair correlations and the neutrinoless double-beta decay of 76Ge. Phys. Rev. C, 87:051305, 2013.