Juan Pablo Yanez Garza, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
(780) 492-1961
2-081 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS I
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Research website link

  • Assistant Professor of Physics University of Alberta (2018 - present)
  • Banting Fellow - University of Alberta (2016 - 2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - DESY-Zeuthen (2014-2016)
  • PhD Experimental Physics - Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (2014)
  • BSc Engineering Physics - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (2009)


Neutrinos physics. Member of IceCube and SNO+. Special interest in neutrino oscillations, neutrinoless double beta decay and atmospheric neutrinos.

2020 - Graduate student positions in IceCube and SNO+ (see ad here)

  • Particle physics with IceCube

IceCube is a cubic kilometer neutrino telescope, located at the South Pole, capable of observing neutrino interactions across a very large energy range. At the highest energies, IceCube has established the existence of an astrophysical neutrino flux and has observed first indications of its origin. Towards the low-energy side, the DeepCore subarray has now collected the largest sample of atmospheric neutrinos ever recorded, using them to study neutrino oscillations in appearance and disappearance modes, sterile neutrinos and non-standard interactions. A major detector upgrade is being planned that will greatly improve the performance and potential of the experiment across all energies. The UofA is actively involved in DeepCore and upgrade activities.

  • Search for matter/antimatter equivalency with SNO+

SNO+ aims to establish the Majorana nature of the neutrino by searching for neutrinoless double beta decay using tellurium in liquid scintillator. SNO+ started taking data in 2017 with ultra-pure water, and now the inner volume is being filled with liquid scintillator. Data taken in the current period will be used to study solar, reactor and geo-neutrinos, and will be crucial in understanding the intrinsic background levels of the scintillator. The next phase will begin in 2019 as tellurium is loaded into the detector. The UofA is largely involved in the preparation towards this phase via calibration and development of analysis techniques.

2020 - Multiple undergraduate projects in:

  • Particle identification and reconstruction techniques in IceCube
  • Background suppression methods for SNO+
  • Modeling of atmospheric neutrinos with external constraints
  • Machine learning and multivariate analyses techniques in large scale detectors

For details or additional information on the research projects, send me an email.


PHYS 271 - Modern Physics

PHYS 292 - Experimental Physics for Engineers



Multiple graduate student positions open in IceCube and SNO+.

Undergraduate term and summer projects also available.


PHYS 271 - Introduction to Modern Physics

Experimental evidence for limitations of classical physics; review of special relativity: quantization of charge, light, and energy; blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect; models of the atom; wavelike properties of particles; the uncertainty principle, the Schrodinger Equation, the infinite and finite square well, the harmonic oscillator, tunneling; the hydrogen atom, orbital angular momentum and electron spin; spin and statistics; selected topics. Prerequisite: one of PHYS 124, PHYS 144, or EN PH 131, and one of PHYS 126, PHYS 146, or PHYS 130. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 209 or 215 or 317 or equivalent. Note: Credit may be obtained in only one of PHYS 208 or 271.

Winter Term 2021
PHYS 292B - Experimental Physics for Engineers

Experiments in mechanics, electromagnetism and atomic physics. Corequisites: PHYS 281 or 230, and MATH 209 or 214 or equivalent. Note: Restricted to Engineering students.

Winter Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Juan Pablo Yanez Garza


Measurement of Atmospheric Tau Neutrino Appearance with IceCube DeepCore
Author(s): IceCube Collaboration: M. G. Aartsen et al
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Physical Review D99 (2019) 032007; e-print archive arXiv:1901.05366 [hep-ex]

Measurement of Atmospheric Neutrino Oscillations at 6-56 GeV with IceCube DeepCore
Author(s): IceCube Collaboration: M. G. Aartsen et al
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Physical Review Letters 120 (2018) 071801; e-print archive arXiv:1707.07081 [hep-ex]

Search for Nonstandard Neutrino Interactions with IceCube DeepCore
Author(s): IceCube Collaboration: M. G. Aartsen et al
Publication Date: 2018

Search for sterile neutrino mixing using three years of IceCube DeepCore data
Author(s): IceCube Collaboration: M. G. Aartsen et al
Publication Date: 2017

Determining neutrino oscillation parameters from atmospheric muon neutrino disappearance with three years of IceCube DeepCore data
Author(s): IceCube Collaboration: Abbasi et al
Publication Date: 2015

Measurement of atmospheric neutrino oscillations with very large volume neutrino telescopes
Author(s): Juan Pablo Yáñez and Antoine Kouchner
Publication Date: 2015