Columbia University group working on the ATLAS experiment

Columbia University has a large team of scientists working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Members of the Columbia ATLAS team, photographed at CERN on June 6/2012. Pictured, from left to right, are: (front row) grad student Nikiforos Nikiforou, REU student Ziggy Zacks, Prof. Gustaaf Brooijmans, grad student Lei Zhou, postdoc Max Scherzer, postdoc Jun Guo, grad student Andrew Altheimer, grad student Feng Tian, postdoc Emily Thompson, Prof. Mike Tuts, Prof. Emlyn Hughes, grad student Matt Smith, Prof. John Parsons, grad student Matt Klein, undergraduate Rohan Bhandari; (back row) grad student Diedi Hu, REU student Amy Greene, undergrad Nilay Kumar. Among the group members at that time, absent from the photograph was postdoc Tim Andeen.

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Members of the Columbia ATLAS team, photographed at CERN on October 8/2008. Pictured, from left to right, are: (back row) Evan Wulf, Kerstin Perez, Alex Penson, Heather Gray, and David Lopez Mateos; (middle row) John Parsons, Mark Cooke, Emlyn Hughes, Mike Tuts, Gustaaf Brooijmans, and Zach Marshall; (front row) Kathy Copic, Lidija Zivkovic, Seth Caughron, and Francesco Spano. Absent from the group members at that time were Thomas Gadfort, Valeria Perez Reale, Dustin Urbaniec, Eric Williams, and Ning Zhou.


Faculty

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Gustaaf Brooijmans

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Emlyn Hughes

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John Parsons

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Mike Tuts


Postdocs

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Tim Andeen

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Jun Guo

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Emily Thompson


Graduate Students

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Steve Alkire

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Andrew Altheimer

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Rex Brown

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Ryne Carbone

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Diedi Hu

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Matt Klein

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Nikiforos Nikiforou

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Matt Smith

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Russell Smith

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Feng Tian

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Lei Zhou


Previous Group Members


Links to information about previous members (since 2008) of the Columbia University ATLAS group
can be found
here.


LHC First Beam, September 10/2008

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Some members of the Columbia ATLAS team, on September 10/2008, as they prepared at CERN to participate in a videoconference with the Columbia Society for Physics Students to celebrate the first circulation of beam in the LHC.

Pictured (from left to right) are Francesco Spano, Heather Gray, John Parsons, David Lopez Mateos, Mark Cooke, Kathy Copic, Seth Caughron, Kerstin Perez, and Zach Marshall.

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Display of one of the first events recorded by ATLAS on September 10/2008!!!

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Prof. Parsons (middle) and ATLAS spokesperson Dr. Peter Jenni (right) participating in the celebrations of the first data taking in the ATLAS Control Room.


LHC Official Inauguration, October 21/2008

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U.S. Delegation to the LHC Inauguration and members of the ATLAS Collaboration in the LHC tunnel. From left to right: Michelangelo Mangano, CERN; NSF Director Arden Bement, Jr.; Moishe Pripstein, NSF; ATLAS Spokesperson Peter Jenni; Saul Gonzalez, DOE; US ATLAS Program Manager Michael Tuts; US ATLAS Deputy Program Manager Howard Gordon; Katherine Copic, Columbia University; BNL Director Sam Aronson; Undersecretary for Science, DOE Raymond Orbach; Head of the NSF Europe Office David Stonner; Dennis Kovar, DOE; Fermilab Director Pier Oddone; Otto Van Maerssen, U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva; John Ellis, CERN; Alessandra Ciocio, LBNL.
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US LHC scientists attend a meeting with Dr. Arden Bement Jr., Director of the National Science Foundation. Columbia University was represented by Prof. John Parsons and graduate students Zach Marshall and Kerstin Perez.


  • ATLAS spokesperson-elect Fabiola Gianotti, Columbia Prof. Gustaaf Brooijmans and grad student Seth Caughron, and Columbia University Professor and Nobel Laureate T.D. Lee visiting the ATLAS cavern in August 2007.

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  • Information about the Front End Boards (FEBs) developed and produced by Columbia for the readout of the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeters.

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    Photograph of one FEB, with many of its components labelled. A total of 1524 FEBs is required to read out the entire LAr calorimeter system.

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    Image of the SCA Controller, one of the custom radiation-tolerant integrated circuits developed for use on the FEB.

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    Installation of the first FEBs by (previous) Columbia postdocs S. Simion and D. Dannheim, Columbia Prof. J. Parsons, and technician A. Akimov.

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    A fully installed, cabled and operational crate of readout electronics (including 28 FEBs) on the electromagnetic barrel liquid argon calorimeter.


  • Graduate student Heather Gray (second from left) visiting the ALICE detector with Dr. Phil Mjwara, the Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa (fourth from left) in July 2007.

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  • Some photographs and information about the ATLAS detector.

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