The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS)

Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Researchers on the CERN campus in Geneva, Switzerland

The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector operates on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC speeds protons around the underground tunnel at near the speed of light and collides them with a center of mass energy ranging from 7 to 14 TeV. At this extremely high energy frontier, particle physicists search for new fundamental particles, supersymmetry and extra dimensions.

The LHC and its accompanying detectors also allow for precision studies of different particles, their processes and their interactions. Analysis topics explored by our group at KU include the search and subsequent study of the Higgs Boson when decaying to bottom quarks, bottom quark decays, studies of singly produced top quarks, as well as searches for a t’ quark.

We also help to operate the silicon tracking detector which we helped build. Currently at KU, we are helping to test modules and the electronics readout chain for a new silicon pixel detector to be installed at CMS around 2017.

Forward Pixel Detector, CMS

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