Francis Halzen

Francis Halzen, professor of physics and academic program director of the UW IceCube Project, is pictured on April 1, 2013. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Photo by Bryce Richter (UW-Madison)

Lead Scientist, IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Francis Halzen is the principal investigator of IceCube, Hilldale and Gregory Breit Professor at UW–Madison, and a theoretician studying problems that span the particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology communities.  In 1987, Halzen started working on the AMANDA experiment, a first-generation neutrino telescope at the South Pole that represented a proof of concept for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Halzen also serves on advisory committees for the SNO, Telescope Array, and the Auger upgrade experiments, the Max Planck Institutes in Heidelberg and Munich, the ICRR of the University of Tokyo, the US Particle Physics Prioritization Panel, and the ApPEC particle astrophysics advisory panel in Europe.  Currently he is teaching Introduction to Particle Physics and accepting inquiries for gradate and undergraduate research positions.