Experimental High Energy Particle Physics

Overview

WSU has a strong experimental HEP group led by Prof. Solomey, Assoc. Prof. Meyer, and Assistant Prof Muether. This group is working to understand the nature of neutrinos throuhg work on NOvA, the leading US HEP experiment. The WSU HEP group has also worked recently on the Fermilab based MIPP particle production experiment and cosmic ray detection. The group is also pursuing developemnt of a space based particle detector.

photo of people in the HEP physics lab

Students following this course of research have been successful in attaining academic position and data science positions in industry. A major focus on the research coming out of this group revolves around using large amounts of computing recourses to analyses large complicated data set (i.e., big data type problems).

NOvA Neutrino Experiment

The WSU HEP group is collaborting on the NOvA neutrino experiment. The NOvA experiment is aimed at understanding fundemental properties of the neutrino. The group is leading an effort to study neutrino interatctions with nuclear and atomic target in the NOvA near detector. The group is also interested in studying the mass ordering of neutrinos and the matter/anti-matter symmetry of these particles. NOvA event display

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DUNE Experiment

The WSU HEP group is a collaborting memberof the DUNE neutrino experiment.

schematic view of the DUNE experimentThe Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is a leading-edge, international experiment for neutrino science and proton decay studies. Discoveries over the past half-century have put neutrinos, the most abundant matter particles in the universe, in the spotlight for further research into several fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the evolution of the universe — questions that DUNE will seek to answer. -DUNESCIENCE.ORG

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Main Injector Particle Production Experiment

The Main Injector Particle Production Experiment is aimed at understanding particle production from protons impinging on solid targets. This work is needed to better understand the makeup of the neutrino beams used by experiments like NOvA. Prof. Solmey is spokesperson for the MIPP experiment.

3D rendering of the MIPP detector

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NASA in Kansas

A proposal by the WSU HEP group for "Development of a Deep Space Dark Matter Search Experiment Proposal to NASA" was recently accepted by the NASA in Kansas program.

NASA logo

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Cosmic Rays

The WSU HEP group has recently participated in R&D effort towards a large cosmic ray array in the Northern Hemishere.

image of night sky with cosmic air shower

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