Experimental High Energy

 
 
High Energy Physics explores fundamental questions about the nature of our universe. Research in this field seeks to identify the fundamental constituents of matter and uncover the laws that govern their interactions. The current picture of what these building blocks are, and how they work together, is called the Standard Model—a crucial piece of which is the recently discovered Higgs boson. This model, however, has a number of shortcomings (e.g. it does not account for dark matter, dark energy or gravity) that lead particle physicists to search for a more fundamental theory.
 
CMS Detector
Extremely high energy collisions are required to create the new particles that would be evidence of such “beyond the Standard Model” (BSM) physics, and very large particle accelerators are necessary to provide these collisions. The HEE group at Ohio State is involved in two such experiments (ATLAS and CMS) that utilize the largest particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. After a very successful Run I of proton-proton collisions at √s = 7/8 TeV during which the Higgs boson was discovered by the ATLAS and CMS experiments, LHC is gearing up for Run 2 that will provide proton-proton collisions at about √s = 13 TeV in 2015. The increase in energy offers the ATLAS and CMS experiments an excellent opportunity to further elucidate the properties of the Higgs Boson, and the potential to observe BSM particles and make significant progress towards the ultimate goal of revealing a more fundamental theory.
 
There are seven faculty members in this research area, with about 10 postdoctoral researchers,10 –15 graduate students and a supporting staff of engineers and technicians. 
Atlas
Faculty members are among the leaders of the international ATLAS and CMS collaborations with Ohio State physicists playing major roles in the design and construction of these experiments as well as making significant contributions to data analysis efforts (including the aforementioned Higgs boson discovery). Funding comes primarily from the Department of Energy and totals more than a million dollars annually.
 

Experimental High Energy faculty

 
 
Antonio Boveia, Assistant Professor
PhD, University of California- Santa Barbara, 2008
Searches for new particle physics using the ATLAS
    experiment Particle Dark Matter Trigger and data aquisition Silicon tracking and timing detectors
 
 
L. Stanley Durkin, Professor
PhD, Stanford University, 1981
Lepton-hadron scattering
Intrinsic properties of neutrinos
Search for massive Higgs particles
 
K.K. Gan, Professor
PhD, Purdue University, 1985
Physics beyond the Standard Model in e+e and hadron colliders
High-resolution energy and position detectors
Radiation-hard optical data communication
 
Christopher S. Hill, Associate Professor
PhD, University of California, Davis, 2001
Searches for evidence beyond the Standard Model
Studies in the properties of the Top Quark
 
Klaus Honscheid, Professor
Dr. rer. Nat. Universit University of Bonn, 1988
Decay properties of heavy quarks
Trigger and data acquisition systems
Experimental cosmology
 
Richard E. Hughes, Professor
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
Astro-particle physics using the FGST satellite
Search for the source of dark matter
High-energy physics studies using protonantiproton collider
Study of the top quark
Development of a trigger track processor
 
Harris P. Kagan, Professor
PhD, University of Minnesota, 1979
Electron-positron interactions
High-resolution energy and position detectors
 
Richard Kass, Professor
PhD, University of California, Davis, 1978
Electron-positron interactions using the BABAR experiment
High energy hadron interactions using the ATLAS experiment
High-resolution energy and position detectors
 
Brian L. Winer, Professor
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
Testing of the Standard Model of particle physics
Detailed studies and measurements of the top quark
Development of DAQ/Trigger Electronics
Exploring the universe with high energy gamma rays
Searching for dark matter

 

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