Zheng, Lei

Graduate Student

Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Texas A&M University


Hi I am Lei Zheng. I am a graduate student at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University, and a research assistant in Prof. Toback’s group. I received my B.S. and M.S. in physics in 2012 and 2015 from Beihang University (BUAA), where and when I studied nuclear physics, including applied nuclear physics and experimental low-energy nuclear physics. In 2016, I was accepted as a PhD graduate student to continue my physics journey at Texas A&M. During the first year, I worked with Prof. Gagliardi to investigate the proton’s spin a bit by analyzing some STAR data. In 2017 Summer, I transferred my research interest to dark matter and joined Prof. Toback’s group and SuperCDMS project to search for the unknown particle properties of Dark Matter. Currently I am working on CDMSLite analysis with simulation and real data, and DCRC(Detector Control and Readout Card) Testing and Calibration. From 2018 to 2020, I had a chance to work with Prof. Rogachev’s group to analyze the data of 8Be abnormal decay experiment which is a new way to touch the Dark Matter mystery.

Research Insterests

Current Project

SuperCDMS (ProjectWeb)(GroupWeb)

Research Experience (Since 2016)

(See more in my CV. You will see the link at the beginning of this page.)

SuperCDMS related projects

DCRC Testing and Calibration(May 2018 - Now): Testing Code Update, Criteria Setup, Documentation

CDMSLite Analysis(May 2020 - Now): Cut Analysis, Documentation

DAQ Setup(Summer 2017)

Data Analysis for 8Be abnormal decay experiment ( July 2018 - June 2020)

Detector setup and testing, Data acquisition, Data analysis with C++ (Data Reconstruction, Timing Correction, Waveforms Check, Event Selection/Discrimination, Hit Pattern Study), Documentation.

The relative luminosities for various colliding bunches in STAR data (Aug 2016 - May 2017)

Data Analysis(with C), found evidence for a previously unknown, and potentially very important, accelerator-related systematic effect

Talk/Presentation (Since 2016)

(See more in my CV. You will see the link at the beginning of this page.)


8Be Abnormal Decay Experiment(webpage)


  1. SuperCDMS Collaboration publication, e.g. Constraints on dark photons and axionlike particles from the SuperCDMS Soudan experiment. Phys. Rev. D 101 (2020) [link]
  2. G.L. Zhang, Y. J. Yao, et al, A detector setup for the measurement of angular distribution of heavy-ion elastic scattering with low energy on RIBLL, Nuclear Science and Techniques 28(7). [2017] [DOI]
  3. G.X. Zhang, G.L. Zhang, et al, The calibration of elastic scattering angular distribution at low energies on HIRFL-RIBLL, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 846 (2017) 23–28. [2017] [DOI]
  4. N. Ma, C. Lin, et al, A multilayer ∆E-E telescope for breakup reactions at energies around the Coulomb barrier, Chinese Physics C 40(11):116004. [2016] [DOI]
  5. Zheng L, Lin C J, Zhang G L, et al, Design of Experimental Setup for Elastic Scattering and Breakup reaction of 17F+58Ni, Journal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015,41(9):1708-1713(in Chinese). [2015] [DOI]
  6. L. Zheng, G. L. Zhang, et al, Calculation of half-lives of cluster decay by using proximity potential with a new universal function, Nuclear Physics A 915(2013)70–77. [2013] [DOI]