University of Kansas

NAME:
University of Kansas

HOME TOWN:
Lawrence, Kan.

MASCOT:
Jayhawk

COLORS:
Crimson and blue

COLLABORATING AT FERMILAB SINCE:
Mid-1990s

WORLDWIDE PARTICLE PHYSICS COLLABORATIONS:
ANITA (NASA), ARA (Antarctica), CMS, CALICE, DZero, TARA (University of Utah), TUNKA (HRJRG)

NUMBER OF SCIENTISTS AND STUDENTS INVOLVED:
Nine faculty, six postdocs, 13 graduate students, 10 undergraduate students, 12 high-school students

PARTICLE PHYSICS RESEARCH FOCUS:
In addition to searching for the Higgs boson and studying top quark decays and production at the collider experiments, the group focuses on instrumentation for particle physics, including silicon pixel detectors and sampling calorimetry for future linear-collider detectors. Our theory group has been very active on physics beyond the Standard Model, collider physics and studies of dark matter and neutrinos. The theorists helped the experimentalists pioneer a radio Cherenkov detection technique for ultra-high-energy-neutrino detection for astroparticle experiments.

WHAT SETS PARTICLE PHYSICS AT UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS APART?
A strong theory-experimental collaboration has led to new ideas in detection techniques. Bright undergraduate researchers have shown that they can make an impact on research on the international scale. The Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe program also demonstrates that elementary-school-age children can have fun and learn about particle physics.

FUNDING AGENCIES:
DOE, Keck Foundation, NASA, NSF

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