Pranava Teja Surukuchi

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Wright Laboratory, Yale University

Hello, thanks for stopping by! :wave: My name is Pranava. I am Postdoctoral Research Associate at Yale University working on detemining the properties of neutrinos–the least understood fundamental particles.

I got my Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago working on the PROSPECT reactor neutrino experiment leading the design, fabrication, QA, and assembly of the inner detector subsystem and led its first sterile neutrino search. Find more about PROSPECT and my work on reactor neutrinos.

I then joined the Wright Laboratory at Yale University as a postdoc working on the Project 8 neutrino mass experiment and CUORE and CUPID neutrinoless double beta decay experiments while continuing to work on the PROSPECT experiment. On the Project 8, I am leading the antenna design and the event reconstruction efforts on the upcoming Phase of the experiment. On CUORE experiment, I have led the design of the muon veto system that will eventually be used for CUPID. I am also currently working on understanding the sources of resolution degradation to improve the sensitivity of the CUPID experiment.

Please contact me to discuss my or if you have ideas to collaborate. I particularly encourage any students in need of advice to contact me.

Select Publications

  1. White Paper on Light Sterile Neutrino Searches and Related Phenomenology


  2. CUORE opens the door to tonne-scale cryogenics experiments
    Prog. Part. Nucl. Phys., 122, 103902,


  3. Search for Majorana neutrinos exploiting millikelvin cryogenics with CUORE
    Nature, 604, 53–58,


  4. First search for short-baseline neutrino oscillations at HFIR with PROSPECT
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 121, 251802,


Select Talks

  1. Status of Searches for Sterile Neutrinos with Reactor and Radioactive Sources
    Snowmass 2021 Community Summer Study Workshop,

    July 2022

    University of Washington, Seattle
  2. Measurement of Neutrino Mass with Project 8
    Neutrino Seminar Series,

    Mar 2022

    Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois
  3. Physics Potential of the PROSPECT-II Experiment
    Snowmass 2021 Joint Workshop on New Physics Opportunities at Neutrino Experiments,

    Feb 2022

    Pittsburgh Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center, University of Pittsburgh
  4. CUORE, CUPID, and the Nature of Neutrino Mass
    Brookhaven National Laboratory Seminar,

    June 2020

    Brookhaven, New York
  5. First search for short-baseline neutrino oscillations at HFIR with PROSPECT
    Fermilab Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar,

    Aug 2018

    Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois