Name: Howe, Mark A.
Title: Sr. Research Scientist
Contact
Office: 152 Phillips Hall
Email: mhowe@physics.unc.edu
Phone: (919) 962-3260
Web page:
Background
Education
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, M.S. Physics, 1979
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, B.S. Physics, 1977

Previous Positions
  • Sr. Research Engineer, University of Washington, 1985-2008
  • Sr. Engineer, Boeing Aircraft Co. 1979-1985
Research

My primary work focus has been data acquisition and control software. At the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA, University of Washington) I built the control system for their superconducting linear accelerator. I am the primary developer of a software package called ORCA (Object-oriented Real-time Control and Acquisition), which is used in laboratories at UNC, TUNL, LBNL, LANL, UW, MIT, SNOLab (Canada), KIT (Germany) and the Max Planck Institute (Germany).

ORCA (or its predecessor SHARC) was the production DAQ software for the SNO, SNO NCD, and Emit experiments. ORCA is now taking production data for HALO and has been chosen as the DAQ for KATRIN, MAJORANA, SNO+, Edelweiss, and nEDM.

I am currently a member of the HALO, KATRIN, and MAJORANA collaborations.

Publications:

Howe, M.A., Marino, M.G. , Wilkerson, J.F. Integration of Embedded Single Board Computers into an Object-Oriented Software Bus DAQ Application, Proceedings of the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, Oct. 2008, Dresden, Germany.

Howe, M.A., Cox, G.A., Harvey, P.J., McGirt, F., Rielage, K., Wilkerson, J.F. and Wouters, J.M. (2004) Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Neutral Current Detector Acquisition Software Overview, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 51 (3),/ 878-83.

Howe, M.A., McGirt, Parazzoli, P., F., Wilkerson, J.F. and Wouters, J.M. An Advanced Network-based Real Time DAQ System, Proceedings of the IEEE Real-time Conference, Valencia, Spain, (2001).

Howe, M.A., Cramer, J.G. and Cramer, P.B., SControl, an object-oriented program for the slow control of large physics experiments, Proceedings of AIHEN95 (Artificial Intelligence for High Energy and Nuclear Physics), Pisa, Italy (1995).

Schumaker, M.A.; Boeltzig, A.; Burritt, T.H.; Duba, C.A.; Duncan, F.A.; Farine, J.; Habig, A.; Hime, A.; Howe, M.A.; Kielbik, A.; Kraus, C.; Nicholson, K.; Robertson, R.G.H.; Scholberg, K.; Secrest, J.; Shantz, T.C.; Virtue, C.J.; Wilkerson, J.F.; Yen, S.; Zuber, K., ”Data Acquisition for the Helium And Lead Observatory” 2010 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, pages 1860-1865, 2011

B. Aharmim, et al. (SNO Collaboration), Independent Measurement of the Total Active 8B Solar Neutrino Flux Using an Array of 3He Proportional Counters at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 111301 (2008).

Determination of the nue and total 8B solar neutrino fluxes using the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Phase I data set B. Aharmim et al. SNO Collaboration Phys. Rev. C 75, 045502 (2007)

Search for periodicities in the 8B solar neutrino flux measured by the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory B. Aharmim et al. SNO Collaboration Phys. Rev. D 72, 052010 (2005)

Electron energy spectra, fluxes, and day-night asymmetries of 8B solar neutrinos from measurements with NaCl dissolved in the heavy-water detector at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory B. Aharmim et al. SNO Collaboration Phys. Rev. C 72, 055502 (2005)

Measurement of the Total Active 8B Solar Neutrino Flux at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory with Enhanced Neutral Current Sensitivity S. N. Ahmed et al. SNO Collaboration Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 181301 (2004)

emiT: An apparatus to test time reversal invariance in polarized neutron decay H. P. Mumm, et all. (emiT Collaboration) Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 5343 (2004); DOI:10.1063/1.1821628

Constraints on Nucleon Decay via Invisible Modes from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory S. N. Ahmed et al. SNO Collaboration Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 102004 (2004)

Electron antineutrino search at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory B. Aharmim et al. SNO Collabo- ration Phys. Rev. D 70, 093014 (2004)

Transverse Energy Production in 208Pb + Pb Collisions at 158 GeV per Nucleon T. Alber et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 3814 (1995)

Status of the University of Washington superconducting booster J. F. Ambaugh, R. C. Connolly, D. T. Corcoran, J. G. Cramer, M. A. Howe, D. W. Storm, H. E. Swanson, T. A. Trainor, R.l Vandenbosch, L. P. Van Houten, W. G. Weitkamp, D. I. Will Rev. Sci. Instrum., Vol. 57, No. 5, May 1986

Hopkins, D.C, and Howe, M.A, Calorimetric Effects of Magnetic Fluxoids in Type-II Superconductors. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, Vol. 55, Brookings, SD (1976).

Ashworth, T., Howe, M.A. and Lefevre, D.K., Feasibility Study of a Capacitance Humidity Sensor for Stratospheric Application.,Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, Vol. 56, Brookings, SD (1977).