Research

High Energy Physics

Our group is engaged in experimental and theoretical research across a broad range of topics. Our experimental groups work in neutrino physics and collider physics. For the latter we utilize large underground detectors studying neutrinos from Fermilab (so-called long baseline experiments), atmospheric neutrinos, and also search for new phenomena such as nucleon decay. In addition, we participate in experiments that are providing new measurements of neutrino interaction cross sections, important information for oscillation experiments. Our collider group carries out precise QCD measurements, studies of the top quark, searches for new quark bound states, and searches for beyond-the-standard-model physics such as dark matter.

At the ATLAS experiment, Professor Beauchemin is making precise QCD measurements and carrying out searches for new physics, while Professor Sliwa is studying top quark production. Professor Napier carries out searches for tetra- and penta-quark bound states in the CDF and ATLAS experiments. Professor Gallagher, Professor Mann, and Professor Wongjirad work on neutrino oscillation experiments utilizing neutrino beams from Fermilab (MINOS+, NOvA, DUNE, MicroBooNE) as well as atmospheric neutrinos (in the future DUNE experiment), neutrino interaction experiments (MINERvA, MicroBooNE), and participate in collaborations that develop software to simulate neutrino-nucleus interactions (GENIE). Professor Goldstein carries out theoretical and phenomenological studies of quark and gluon angular momentum distributions within hadrons, constrained by quantum chromodynamics; spin dependent Generalized Parton Distributions and the 3-dimensional structure of hadrons; and aspects of quantum entanglement, partially with collaborators from Jefferson Lab and University of Virginia.