Related Research Groups
High Energy Experiment
The goal of high energy physics is the understanding of the
elementary particles that are the
fundamental constituents of matter. The fabulous success of
the Standard Model has given us a
framework for interpretation of most particle interactions,
but it has also created a foundation from which
we can begin to explore a deeper level of issues such as the
origin of mass, the preponderance of matter over antimatter
in the Universe, the identity of "dark
matter," the physics of the Big Bang, and the microscopic
structure of space-time.
The most direct experimental path to the understanding of
such issues uses particles of the highest
achievable energies. Following this path, Princeton
physicists are deeply involved with the
CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN
(Switzerland) and the
D0 experiment at the
Princeton groups are also active in the area of CP violation
and neutrino mixing in these experiments:
Belle at the B Factories at SLAC (California) and
respectively, which both began collecting data in 1999;
the Booster Neutrino Experiment,
MiniBooNE, at Fermilab
which is now being built and is scheduled to start its search
for neutrino oscillations in June of 2002
We are also taking part in research and development for
a new type of accelerator, the Muon Collider/Neutrino Factory.
Whatever the size of the experiment, the Princeton groups
play leading or major roles in the
collaborations, and graduate students have the opportunity
and are expected to be at the center of the
important hardware development and physics analysis. We have
the facilities in the shops and
assembly areas of the Elementary Particles Laboratory to
design, build, and test components of
experiments to be installed at accelerator labs elsewhere.
The EP Lab shops and our state-of-the-art
electronics-design facilities also support an active program
in the development of detection and readout
techniques for future experiments.
Val Fitch: Hexaquarks.
CP violation in B decays, detector development, and physics of the origin of mass at the Large Hadron Collider
Kirk McDonald:Strong-field QED, CP violation in B decays, detector development,
searches for new physics, muon collider.
Peter Meyers: Neutrino oscillations, weak interactions, dark matter
James Olsen: Origin of mass, flavor physics, CP violation
e+-e- interactions, multi-TeV physics.
Physics of the origin of mass, search for the Higgs sector at
the highest achievable energies.
A.J. Stewart Smith:
Tests of standard model, searches for new physics, kaon decay, CP
Search for physics beyond the Standard Model.||