Particle physics research at UC Irvine spans a broad range of experimental and theoretical topics.
The experimental group, founded by Frederick Reines, who won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the neutrino, currently conducts research at the energy, intensity, and cosmic frontiers. UCI experimentalists play leading roles in collaborations that are searching for new particles and interactions at the Large Hadron Collider, exploring neutrino masses and mixings, looking for new signals of flavor violation, searching for ultra-high energy cosmic neutrinos and dark matter, and probing the nature of cosmic acceleration and dark energy through astronomical surveys of the large-scale structure of the Universe.
Particle theorists at UC Irvine exploit innovative ideas in particle physics, astroparticle physics, and cosmology, and at the interfaces of these areas to address outstanding problems in a wide variety of fields. These include searches for new particles and forces at colliders, dark matter particle candidates and their observable signatures, neutrino physics, particle cosmology, and quantum gravity.
The weekly meetings of the particle physics group include the Joint Particle Seminar, the particle theory journal club, the astroparticle journal club held jointly with astrophysicists, and the department colloquium. In addition, the group hosts many short- and long-term visitors, from seminar speakers to sabbatical faculty, conferences and workshops, the winner of the Yodh Prize for lifetime achievement in cosmic ray physics, and the Reines Lectureship.
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Theoretical Particle Faculty
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