High Energy Physics
Laboratories and ExperimentsThe primary efforts of our group are the ATLAS experiment at CERN, the Mu2e and muon g-2 experiments at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 30 miles east of NIU. Mu2E will search for muon conversion to electroncs in a nuclear field while the muon g-2 project will make a precision measurment of the muon's magnetic moment. NIU's roles on Mu2E include background simulation, shielding design, photodetector testing, and R&D on the extinction monitor while our g-2 effort is primarily the design and construction of the straw tubes. In 2016, NIU joined DUNE and we are contributing to photodetector development.
Many in the NIU group worked on Fermilab's D0 experiment and had major responsibilities for upgrading the muon and trigger systems. From 2002-2006 NIU's Professor Jerry Blazey was one of D0's spokespersons. Some of NIU's contributions to physics results have included seven Ph.D. dissertations. D0 ended operations in September 2011; data analysis is proceeding. An overview of D0 and some results are shown here. One can now see D0 and the Fermilab Tevatron by arranging a Tour of D0.
Particle physics group members are also working on Linear Collider Detector R and D, studying both hadronic calorimetry and muon detection, for use at a possible electron-positron collider the International Linear Collider (ILC) (Fermilab's ILC page), and the construction of a proton radiography and tomography scanner (pCT) in conjunction with NIU's medical physics group.
This work is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.