Southern Methodist University

NAME:
Southern Methodist University

HOME TOWN:
Dallas, Texas

MASCOT:
Peruna the Pony

COLORS:
Red and blue

COLLABORATING AT FERMILAB SINCE:
Early 1990s

WORLDWIDE PARTICLE PHYSICS COLLABORATIONS:
ATLAS (CERN), CTEQ, DZero, LBNE, NOvA, SuperCDMS

NUMBER OF SCIENTISTS AND STUDENTS INVOLVED:
Seven faculty, four research scientists, five postdocs, 10 students

PARTICLE PHYSICS RESEARCH FOCUS:
We have a proton collider group currently working on top quark physics, Higgs boson studies and exotic physics on the ATLAS and DZero experiments. We contribute significantly to electronics readout and software for the ATLAS calorimeter and trigger systems, respectively. Our experimental group is also active in building the NOvA and SuperCDMS detectors for neutrino and dark matter physics. Theorists are very involved in studies of strong interactions and searches for new physics, including perturbative computations and factorization methods in quantum chromodynamics.

WHAT SETS PARTICLE PHYSICS AT SMU APART?
The SMU group was initiated to support the Superconducting Super Collider and has been active in LHC physics since the mid-1990s. We lead the world in fast opto-electronics development for detector readout and have strong efforts in top quark and Higgs physics. We have strong support from our university, including a new high-performance computer cluster.

FUNDING AGENCIES:
DOE, NSF

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