Experimental High-Energy Physics at Nevis

The overall goal of the Nevis particle physics program is to address many of the key open issues in our understanding of the fundamental forces and properties of matter.

The purpose of high-energy particle physics (as opposed to high-energy nuclear physics) is to understand the properties and states of the basic building blocks of matter.

What follows is an overview of the particle physics experiments in which Nevis currently participates. Note that the list of physics results is necessarily incomplete, since each is a rich source of new information about the structure of matter.

Consult the web sites of the individual experiments for more information; some additional descriptions can be found on the Nevis REU research groups page.

Current Experiments

ATLAS experiment at LHC in CERN. The Nevis participation in USATLAS centers on the Liquid Argon Calorimeter and the pixel detector.

High-Energy Proton-Proton Collider (center-of-mass energy = 14 TeV)

Gustaaf Brooijmans
Katherine Copic
Thomas Gadfort
Andrew Haas
Emlyn Hughes
John Parsons
Francesco Spano
P. Michael Tuts
Lidija Zivkovic

BooNE

Booster Neutrino Oscillation Experiment (E = 500 MeV at 500 meters)

MiniBooNE

Michael Shaevitz

SciBooNE

Camillo Mariani
Michael Shaevitz

MicroBooNE

Leslie Camilleri
Camillo Mariani
William Seligman
Michael Shaevitz

Double Chooz

Leslie Camilleri
Camillo Mariani
Michael Shaevitz

Ebubble - R&D into a cryogenic noble fluid tracker

Detection of proton-proton fusion reaction neutrinos in the sun. (99.75% of the total neutrino flux with E<420keV)

William Willis
Raphael Galea

D0 experiment at Fermilab

Proton-Proton Collider (center-of-mass energy = 2 TeV)

Gustaaf Brooijmans
Thomas Gadfort
Andrew Haas
Sabine Lammers
Michael Mulhearn
John Parsons
P. Michael Tuts
Lidija Zivkovic

Older research projects conducted at Nevis

Pierre Auger Observatory in Malargue, Argentina

Ultra-high-energy Cosmic Rays (1016 - 1020 eV)

Brian Connolly
Michael Prouza
Stefan Westerhoff

HiRes Fly's Eye experiment in Utah

Ultra-high-energy Cosmic Rays (1016 - 1020 eV)

John Boyer
Brian Connolly
Bruce Knapp
Eric Mannel
Michal Seman
Stefan Westerhoff

Neutrino Factory/Muon Collider

20-50 GeV muon storage ring producing 1020-1021 neutrinos per year

Janet Conrad
Raphael Galea
Michael Shaevitz

NuTeV fixed-target experiment

Neutrino-Nucleon Scattering (20 to 600 GeV)

Janet Conrad
Zelimir Djurcic
Camillo Mariani
Michael Shaevitz

ZEUS experiment at HERA in DESY (Germany)

Electron-Proton Collider (27.5 GeV electons x 920 GeV protons)

Allen Caldwell
William Schmidke
Frank Sciulli