Experimental Particle Physics at UCI

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  • Steven Barwick
  • David Casper
  • David Kirkby
  • Andrew Lankford
  • Mark A. Mandelkern
  • William R. Molzon
  • Simona Murgia
  • Riley Newman
  • Frederick Reines, Nobel Laureate 1995
  • Jonas Schultz
  • Henry W. Sobel
  • Anyes Taffard
  • Daniel Whiteson
  • Gaurang B. Yodh
Research Topics Include
  • AMANDA - Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array(http://www.amanda.uci.edu) and ANITA -  Antarctic Impulse Transient Antenna (http://www.ps.uci.edu/~anita)
  • Super-Kamiokande neutrino and proton decay experiment, T2K and LBNE  long-baseline experiments,  NUANCE neutrino physics simulation software.
  • Minerva experiment - a high statistic Neutrino scattering experiment aimed at better understanding of the way neutrinos interact with matter.   http://minerva.fnal.gov/
  • BaBar at SLAC.   BABAR is an experiment designed primarily to study bound states of b quarks, called B mesons, produced in electron positron collisions by the PEP-II storage ring. The experiment is located at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), in Menlo Park, California. The BABAR collaboration consists of about 600 physicists from 12 countries.
  • LHC-Atlas Dectector at CERN, and BaBar at SLAC.
  • Mark Mandelkern and Jonas Schultz are involved in several elementary particle physics experiments, at different stages, at a number of accelerator laboratories, namely: E760/835 at Fermilab, to perform precision studies of charmonium states formed in proton-antiproton annihilations; E862 at Fermilab, to produce and detect antihydrogen atoms for the first time, using proton-antiproton interactions in the E835 target; and the BaBar experiment, being built at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, to study B meson physics and CP violation in an asymmetric electron-positron collider.
  • Rare K Meson Decays at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL-871), and the Muon to Electron Conversion Proposal (MECO).
  • Tests of Newtonian Gravity  (distance, composition, and spin dependence), the equivalence principle, and searches for new forces. The current focus of the program is development of torsion balances operating at cryogenic temperatures, for a new generation of experiments in these areas.
  • High Energy Particle Physics
  • Very High Energy Gamma Ray Astronomy for 200 GeV to 1 PeV using the MILAGRO (Multi-Institutional, Los Alamos Gamma Ray Observatory) water Cherenkov telescope, search for emission from Supernova remnants, Gamma Ray Bursters, Active Galactiv Nuclei, and evaporating Primordial Black Holes. Also with AMANDA, and a renowned sitar player.
  • Fermi Large Area Telescope, indirect detection of dark matter with gamma rays.


High Energy Experimental Collaborations of U. C. Irvine