Jing Liu

Jing Liu

Assistant Professor


Akeley-Lawrence Science Center 308

Phone: (605) 677-3989

Email: Jing.Liu@usd.edu

Website: https://www.physino.xyz


I switched my field to particle physics after I graduated with a B.E. degree. Ever since then, I have been studied quarkonium at the Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing, neutrino at the Max-Planck-Institut Fuer Physik in Munich, and dark matter at the Institute for the Phyiscs and Mathematics of the Universe, Tokyo. I became an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota in 2014. I am developing novel particle and radiation detectors searching for rare physics processes beyond the scope of the Standard Model of particle physics.

Teaching Interests:

I have taught the following classes over years: PHYS-761 Nuclear and Particle Physics, PHYS-792 Radiation Detection Technology, PHYS-592 Computational Methods for Physics, and PHYS-332 Experimental Modern Physics, etc. I enthusiastically support undergraduate research activities. I have supervised two undergraduates in writing their Honors Theses, more than a dozen in writing research proposals, most of them got funded by CURCS at USD and other supports. Students got chances to present their research activities in national wide conferences or events, including 2017 Posters on the Hill, Washington D.C., 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress, Silicon Valley, 2016 APS DNP Meeting, Vancouver, and 2016 APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics, etc. I provide research credits or stipend for undergraduate students in semesters or summers. I also provide guidance for those who are interested in applying for undergraduate grants or scholarships by themselves. My students obtained NASA scholarship, UDiscover summer scholarship, and various travel awards in recent years.

Research Interests:

I am passionated in developing novel particle and radiation detectors for neutrino physics, dark matter search and civil uses. I am a member of MINER, a collaboration of 10 institutes from 4 countries searching for Coherent Elastic neutrino-Nucleus Scattering (CEvNS) and beyond (sterile neutrinos, and non-standard neutrino interactions, etc.). I am a member of LEGEND, a collaboration of 44 institutes from 14 countries searching for neutrinoless double beta decays of Ge-76 using high-purity Ge (HPGe) detectors. I am a member of DUNE, a collaboration of 162 institutes from 30 countries searching for CP- violations in neutrino oscillations. I am a former member of XMASS, the largest liquid xenon dark matter experiment in Japan. I am a former member of GERDA, a HPGe detector based neutrinoless double beta decay experiment that holds the most stringent lower limit of the effective Majorana neutrino mass to date. I am also a former member of BESII, a high energy physics detector at the Beijing Electron-Position Collider, China.


  • Ph D, Physics, Technische Universität München, 2009
  • MS, Particle and Nuclear Physics, Peking University, 2005
  • BE, Flying Vehicle Design and Applied Mechanics, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2002


  • RII Track-4: Development of high-purity Ge detector technology with LBNL for dark matter and neutrino physics, NSF. Grant Role: Principal. (2017 - 2019)
  • Develop novel course materials utilizing portable devices and the High-Performance Computing cluster at USD, Center of Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2017 - 2018)
  • Supervising Student Technology Fellow, South Dakota EPSCoR/University of South Dakota. Grant Role: Principal. (2016 - 2016)
  • Hosting expert from Fermilab to deliver lectures about accelerators and neutrinos, Center of Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2016 - 2016)
  • Undoped NaI/CsI directly coupled to PMTs at 77 K for rare-event searches, NSF. Grant Role: Principal. (2015 - 2018)
  • CRGP Track II: Development of A Segmented p-type Point-Contact High-Purity Germanium Detector for Rare-Event-Search Experiments, SD BoR. Grant Role: Principal. (2015 - 2016)
  • Supervising Student Technology Fellow, South Dakota EPSCoR/University of South Dakota. Grant Role: Principal. (2015 - 2015)
  • Develop a digital laboratory to enhance the teaching and learning of experimental skills for modern physics with various mobile computing technologies, Center of Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2015 - 2015)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Mei, D.-M., Wang, G.-J., Mei, H., Yang, Gang, Liu, Jing, Wagner, M., Panth, R., Kooi, K., Yang, Y.-Y., and Wei, W.-Z.. Direct detection of MeV-scale dark matter utilizing germanium internal amplification for the charge created by the ionization of impurities, 187. Vol. 78, Iss. 3. The European Physical Journal C, 2018. (DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-5653-z)
  • Collaboration, LEGEND, Abgrall, N., Abramov, A., Abrosimov, N., Abt, I., Agostini, M., Agartioglu, M., Ajjaq, A., Alvis, S. I., Avignone, III, F. T., Bai, X., Balata, M., Barabanov, I., Barabash, A. S., Barton, P. J., Baudis, L., Bezrukov, L., Bode, T., Bolozdynya, A., Borowicz, D., Boston, A., Boston, H., Boyd, S. T., Breier, R., Brudanin, V., Brugnera, R., Busch, M., Buuck, M., Caldwell, A., Caldwell, T. S., Camellato, T., Carpenter, M., Cattadori, C., Cederkäll, J., Chan, Y.-D., Chen, S., Chernogorov, A., Christofferson, C. D., Chu, P.-H., Cooper, R. J., Cuesta, C., Demidova, E. V., Deng, Z., Deniz, M., Detwiler, J. A., Di Marco, N., Domula, A., Du, Q., Efremenko, Yu, Egorov, V., Elliott, S. R., Fields, D., Fischer, F., Galindo-Uribarri, A., Gangapshev, A., Garfagnini, A., Gilliss, T., Giordano, M., Giovanetti, G. K., Gold, M., Golubev, P., Gooch, C., Grabmayr, P., Green, M. P., Gruszko, J., Guinn, I. S., Guiseppe, V. E., Gurentsov, V., Gurov, Y., Gusev, K., Hakenmüeller, J., Harkness-Brennan, L., Harvey, Z. R., Haufe, C. R., Hauertmann, L., Heglund, D., Hehn, L., Heinz, A., Hiller, R., Hinton, J., Hodak, R., Hofmann, W., Howard, S., Howe, M. A., Hult, M., Inzhechik, L. V., Csáthy, J. J., Janssens, R., Ješkovský, M., Jochum, J., Johansson, H. T., Judson, D., Junker, M., Kaizer, J., Kang, K., Kazalov, V., Kermaïdic, Y., Kiessling, F., Kirsch, A., Kish, A., Klimenko, A., Knöpfle, K. T. K. T., Kochetov, O., Konovalov, S. I., Kontul, I., Kornoukhov, V. N., Kraetzschmar, T., Kröninger, K., Kumar, A., Kuzminov, V. V., Lang, K., Laubenstein, M., Lazzaro, A., Li, Y. L., Li, Y.-Y., Li, H. B., Lin, S. T., Lindner, M., Lippi, I., Liu, S. K., Liu, X., Liu, Jing, Loomba, D., Lubashevskiy, A., Lubsandorzhiev, B., Lutter, G., Ma, H., Majorovits, B., Mamedov, F., Martin, R. D., Massarczyk, R., Matthews, J. A., McFadden, N., Mei, D.-M., Mei, H., Meijer, S. J., Mengoni, D., Mertens, S., Miller, W., Miloradovic, M., Mingazheva, R., Misiaszek, M., Moseev, P., Myslik, J., Nemchenok, I., Nilsson, T., Nolan, P., O'Shaughnessy, C., Othman, G., Panas, K., Pandola, L., Papp, L., Pelczar, K., Peterson, D., Pettus, W., Poon, A. W., Povinec, P. P., Pullia, A., Quintana, X. C., Radford, D. C., Rager, J., Ransom, C., Recchia, F., Reine, A. L., Riboldi, S., Rielage, K., Rozov, S., Rouf, N. W., Rukhadze, E., Rumyantseva, N., Saakyan, R., Sala, E., Salamida, F., Sandukovsky, V., Savard, G., Schönert, S., Schütz, A.-K., Schulz, O., Schuster, M., Schwingenheuer, B., Selivanenko, O., Sevda, B., Shanks, B., Shevchik, E., Shirchenko, M., Simkovic, F., Singh, L., Singh, V., Skorokhvatov, M., Smolek, K., Smolnikov, A., Sonay, A., Spavorova, M., Stekl, I., Stukov, D., Tedeschi, D., Thompson, J., Van Wechel, T., Varner, R. L., Vasenko, A. A., Vasilyev, S., Veresnikova, A., Vetter, K., von Sturm, K., Vorren, K., Wagner, M., Wang, G.-J., Waters, D., Wei, W.-Z., Wester, T., White, B. R., Wiesinger, C., Wilkerson, J. F., Willers, M., Wiseman, C., Wojcik, M., Wong, H. T., Wyenberg, J., Xu, W., Yakushev, E., Yang, G., Yu, C.-H., Yue, Q., Yumatov, V., Zeman, J., Zeng, Z., Zhitnikov, I., Zhu, B., Zinatulina, D., Zschocke, A., Zsigmond, A. J., Zuber, K., and Zuzel, G.. The Large Enriched Germanium Experiment for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (LEGEND). arXiv:1709.01980 [hep-ex, physics:nucl-ex, physics:physics], 2017.
  • Mei, D.-M., Wang, G.-J., Mei, H., Yang, G., Liu, Jing, Wagner, M., Panth, R., Kooi, K., Li, Y.-Y., and Wei, W.-Z.. Direct Detection of MeV-Scale Dark Matter Utilizing Germanium Internal Amplification for the Charge Created by the Ionization of Impurities. arXiv:1708.06594 [hep-ex, physics:physics], 2017.
  • Battaglieri, Marco, Belloni, Alberto, Chou, Aaron, Cushman, Priscilla, Echenard, Bertrand, Essig, Rouven, Estrada, Juan, Feng, Jonathan L., Flaugher, Brenna, Fox, Patrick J., Graham, Peter, Hall, Carter, Harnik, Roni, Hewett, JoAnne, Incandela, Joseph, Izaguirre, Eder, McKinsey, Daniel, Pyle, Matthew, Roe, Natalie, Rybka, Gray, Sikivie, Pierre, Tait, Tim M., Toro, Natalia, Van De Water, Richard, Weiner, Neal, Zurek, Kathryn, Adelberger, Eric, Afanasev, Andrei, Alexander, Derbin, Alexander, James, Antochi, Vasile C., Asner, David M., Baer, Howard, Banerjee, Dipanwita, Baracchini, Elisabetta, Barbeau, Phillip, Barrow, Joshua, Bastidon, Noemie, Battat, James, Benson, Stephen, Berlin, Asher, Bird, Mark, Blinov, Nikita, Boddy, Kimberly K., Bondi, Mariangela, Bonivento, Walter M., Boulay, Mark, Boyce, James, Brodeur, Maxime, Broussard, Leah, Budnik, Ranny, Bunting, Philip, Caffee, Marc, Caiazza, Sabato S., Campbell, Sheldon, Cao, Tongtong, Carosi, Gianpaolo, Carpinelli, Massimo, Cavoto, Gianluca, Celentano, Andrea, Chang, Jae H., Chattopadhyay, Swapan, Chavarria, Alvaro, Chen, Chien-Yi, Clark, Kenneth, Clarke, John, Colegrove, Owen, Coleman, Jonathon, Cooke, David, Cooper, Robert, Crisler, Michael, Crivelli, Paolo, D'Eramo, Francesco, D'Urso, Domenico, Dahl, Eric, Dawson, William, De Napoli, Marzio, De Vita, Raffaella, DeNiverville, Patrick, Derenzo, Stephen, Di Crescenzo, Antonia, Di Marco, Emanuele, Dienes, Keith R., Diwan, Milind, Dongwi, Dongwi H., Drlica-Wagner, Alex, Ellis, Sebastian, Ezeribe, Anthony C., Farrar, Glennys, Ferrer, Francesc, Figueroa-Feliciano, Enectali, Filippi, Alessandra, Fiorillo, Giuliana, Fornal, Bartosz, Freyberger, Arne, Frugiuele, Claudia, Galbiati, Cristian, Galon, Iftah, Gardner, Susan, Geraci, Andrew, Gerbier, Gilles, Graham, Mathew, Gschwendtner, Edda, Hearty, Christopher, Heise, Jaret, Henning, Reyco, Hill, Richard J., Hitlin, David, Hochberg, Yonit, Hogan, Jason, Holtrop, Maurik, Hong, Ziqing, Hossbach, Todd, Humensky, T. B., Ilten, Philip, Irwin, Kent, Jaros, John, Johnson, Robert, Jones, Matthew, Kahn, Yonatan, Kalantarians, Narbe, Kaplinghat, Manoj, Khatiwada, Rakshya, Knapen, Simon, Kohl, Michael, Kouvaris, Chris, Kozaczuk, Jonathan, Krnjaic, Gordan, Kubarovsky, Valery, Kuflik, Eric, Kusenko, Alexander, Lang, Rafael, Leach, Kyle, Lin, Tongyan, Lisanti, Mariangela, Liu, Jing, Liu, Kun, Liu, Ming, Loomba, Dinesh, Lykken, Joseph, Mack, Katherine, Mans, Jeremiah, Maris, Humphrey, Markiewicz, Thomas, Marsicano, Luca, Martoff, C. J., Mazzitelli, Giovanni, McCabe, Christopher, McDermott, Samuel D., McDonald, Art, McKinnon, Bryan, Mei, Dongming, Melia, Tom, Miller, Gerald A., Miuchi, Kentaro, Nazeer, Sahara M., Moreno, Omar, Morozov, Vasiliy, Mouton, Frederic, Mueller, Holger, Murphy, Alexander, Neilson, Russell, Nelson, Tim, Neu, Christopher, Nosochkov, Yuri, O'Hare, Ciaran, Oblath, Noah, Orrell, John, Ouellet, Jonathan, Pastore, Saori, Paul, Sebouh, Perelstein, Maxim, Peter, Annika, Phan, Nguyen, Phinney, Nan, Pivovaroff, Michael, Pocar, Andrea, Pospelov, Maxim, Pradler, Josef, Privitera, Paolo, Profumo, Stefano, Raggi, Mauro, Rajendran, Surjeet, Randazzo, Nunzio, Raubenheimer, Tor, Regenfus, Christian, Renshaw, Andrew, Ritz, Adam, Rizzo, Thomas, Rosenberg, Leslie, Rubbia, Andre, Rybolt, Ben, Saab, Tarek, Safdi, Benjamin R., Santopinto, Elena, Scarff, Andrew, Schneider, Michael, Schuster, Philip, Seidel, George, Sekiya, Hiroyuki, Seong, Ilsoo, Simi, Gabriele, Sipala, Valeria, Slatyer, Tracy, Slone, Oren, Smith, Peter F., Smolinsky, Jordan, Snowden-Ifft, Daniel, Solt, Matthew, Sonnenschein, Andrew, Sorensen, Peter, Spooner, Neil, Srivastava, Brijesh, Stancu, Ion, Strigari, Louis, Strube, Jan, Sushkov, Alexander O., Szydagis, Matthew, Tanedo, Philip, Tanner, David, Tayloe, Rex, Terrano, William, Thaler, Jesse, Thomas, Brooks, Thorpe, Brianna, Thorpe, Thomas, Tiffenberg, Javier, Tran, Nhan, Trovato, Marco, Tully, Christopher, Tyson, Tony, Vachaspati, Tanmay, Vahsen, Sven, van Bibber, Karl, Vandenbroucke, Justin, Villano, Anthony, Volansky, Tomer, Wang, Guojian, Ward, Thomas, Wester, William, Whitbeck, Andrew, Williams, David A., Wing, Matthew, Winslow, Lindley, Wojtsekhowski, Bogdan, Yu, Hai-Bo, Yu, Shin-Shan, Yu, Tien-Tien, Zhang, Xilin, Zhao, Yue, and Zhong, Yi-Ming. US Cosmic Visions: New Ideas in Dark Matter 2017: Community Report. arXiv:1707.04591 [astro-ph, physics:hep-ex, physics:hep-ph], 2017.
  • Liu, Jing, and XMASS Collaboration. Detectability of galactic supernova neutrinos coherently scattered on xenon nuclei in XMASS, 51-56. Vol. 89. Astroparticle Physics, 2017. (DOI: 10.1016/j.astropartphys.2017.01.006)
  • Liu, Jing, Yamashita, M., and Soma, Arun Kumar. Light yield of an undoped CsI crystal coupled directly to a photomultiplier tube at 77 Kelvin, P10003. Vol. 11, Iss. 10. Journal of Instrumentation, 2016. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/11/10/P10003)
  • Wei, W.-Z., Liu, Jing, and Mei, Dongming. Discrimination of nuclear and electronic recoil events using plasma effect in germanium detectors, P07008. Vol. 11, Iss. 07. Journal of Instrumentation, 2016. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/11/07/P07008)
  • Liu, Jing, and XMASS Collaboration. Direct dark matter search by annual modulation in XMASS-I, 272-276. Vol. 759. Physics Letters B, 2016. (DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.081)
  • Liu, Jing, and XMASS Collaboration. Search for two-neutrino double electron capture on Xe-124 with the XMASS-I detector, 1510.00754 . arXiv, 2015.
  • Liu, Jing, and XMASS Collaboration. Direct dark matter search by annual modulation in XMASS-I, 1511.04807. arXiv, 2015.
  • Liu, Jing, Mei, Dongming, and Martin, Ryan. Development of a p-type point contact germanium detector with an amorphous semiconductor surface for rare-event searches, 2015. Vol. 94. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, 2015.
  • Wei, Wenzhao, Mei, Hao, Wang, Guojian, Yang, Gang, Zhang, Chao, Guan, Yutong, Liu, Jing, Mei, Dongming, Keller, Christina, Wang, Yiju, and Xu, Dahai. Development of a new type of germanium detector for dark matter searches, 23-29. Vol. 4. American Journal of Modern Physics, 2014. (DOI: 10.11648/j.ajmp.s.2015040101.15)
  • Liu, Jing, and XMASS Collaboration. Micro-source development for XMASS experiment, 499-503. Vol. 784. Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 2014. (DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2014.11.012)
  • Liu, Jing, and XMASS Collaboration. Search for Bosonic Superweakly Interacting Massive Dark Matter Particles with the XMASS-I Detector, 121301. Vol. 113, Iss. 12. Physical Review Letters, 2014. (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.121301)


  • Liu, Jing. Pure NaI/CsI at Cryogenic Temperatures for Rare-event Searches. Presented at the U.S. Cosmic Visions: New Ideas in Dark Matter, College Park, MD. (March 24, 2017)
  • Liu, Jing. Light yield of an undoped CsI crystal coupled directly to a photomultiplier tube at 77 Kelvin. Presented at the APS April Meeting, Washington D.C.. (January 28, 2017)
  • Liu, Jing, Mei, Dongming. Development of a hemispheric p-type point-contact Ge detector to verify hole drifting models in arbitrary direction. Presented at the American Physical Society (APS) April Meeting, Salt Lake City. (April 17, 2016)
  • Liu, Jing, Mei, Dongming. Segmented p-type point-contact Ge detector for rare event searches. Presented at the APS April Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland. (April 12, 2015)
  • Liu, Jing, Mei, Dongming. Segmented PPC with amorphous Ge. Presented at the Physics Symposia - 100th South Dakota Academic Science, Chamberlain, South Dakota. (April 10, 2015)
  • Liu, Jing. Detect Supernova Neutrinos Coherently Scattered on Xenon Nuclei in XMASS. Presented at the Workshop on Germanium Detectors and Technologies 2014, University of South Dakota. (September 15, 2014)