João R. T. de Mello Neto

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Professor of Physics, Institute of Physics
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Professor de Mello Neto’s research focuses on astroparticle physics. He has previously worked on experiments E769, E791, and D0 at Fermilab. The D0 experiment was a landmark international collaboration that furthered understanding of particle physics. De Mello Neto also worked on the LHCb (Large Hadron Collider beauty) experiment at CERN, which uses b quarks to study the subtle differences between matter and antimatter.

He is now studying ultra-high energy cosmic rays at the Pierre Auger Observatory with the GRAND experiment (Giant Radio Array for Neutrino Detection). He is also working on event simulation for DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) at Fermilab.

Professor de Mello Neto has been teaching for nearly 30 years. He currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in physics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

He is also an accomplished playwright. His play, Imagina Esse Palco Que Se Mexe (Imagine this Stage that Warps), explored the connections between human beings, the universe, physics, and astronomy. The play ran for 12 weeks at the SESC Copacabana theatre in Rio. The play garnered many award nominations.