Brian Rauch

Research Assistant Professor

Office Contact Information

272 Compton

Physics Department, CB 1105
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

(314) 935-6254

Research Interests

Dr. Rauch's research focus has been in cosmic ray astrophysics. He was involved in ultra-heavy galactic cosmic ray (UHGCR) research with the Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (TIGER) experiment as an undergraduate and graduate student and now with SuperTIGER as a Co-I. Dr. Rauch has been involved in the design and modeling of the HNX and TIGERISS future heavy cosmic ray experiments and supported the first SuperTIGER/HNX CERN beam run. He has taken a lead role in Washington University’s participation in the CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) experiment to measure electrons, nuclei and gamma rays, launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015. He contributed to four CALET instrument beam tests at CERN and modeling and simulation efforts, and is performing the CALET UHGCR analysis. He has been a Co-I on the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) experiment searching for the highest energy neutrinos and ultra- high energy cosmic rays (UHECR). Dr. Rauch took a lead role in Washington University’s ANITA-III integration and flight monitoring efforts, and also in the ANITA-IV integration and flight from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He had a significant role in the ANITA affiliated SLAC T-510 experiment to demonstrate the geomagnetic radio emission mechanism of UHECR under laboratory conditions. Dr. Rauch also has research experience in hyperspectral image analysis and nuclear reactor safety.



2008 Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis; Physics
2001 A.M., Washington University in St. Louis; Physics
2000 M.S., University of Maryland - College Park; Nuclear Engineering
1996 B.S., Washington University in St. Louis; Physics
1996 A.B., Washington University in St. Louis; Mathematics

Professional History

2015-Present Research Assistant Professor at Washington University
2014-2015 Research Scientist at Washington University
2011-2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington University
2007-2010 Research Physicist at HyperTech Systems LLC

Honors and Awards

2014 NASA group achievement award for SuperTIGER experiment

Professional Society Membership

  American Physical Society