University of Oklahoma

NAME:
University of Oklahoma

HOME TOWN:
Norman, Okla.

MASCOT:
Sooner Schooner

COLORS:
Crimson and cream

COLLABORATING AT FERMILAB SINCE:
mid-1980s

WORLDWIDE PARTICLE PHYSICS COLLABORATIONS:
ATLAS (CERN), DZero

NUMBER OF SCIENTISTS AND STUDENTS INVOLVED:
Seven faculty, seven postdocs, 12 graduate students

PARTICLE PHYSICS RESEARCH FOCUS:
Our group takes a three-prong approach to research, one that involves hardware, computing and analysis. For DZero analysis, we have been focusing on many different areas, including B physics, top physics, Higgs and QCD. Our ATLAS research has been focusing on SUSY, top and Higgs physics. We have been involved with silicon detectors for many years, including helping test DZero silicon detectors, assisting in the design and fabrication for the pixel detector for ATLAS and working on the design and construction of the inner B layer for ATLAS. Our computing effort has been in Monte Carlo production for DZero and the operation of a Tier 2 center for ATLAS. The theory group works closely with the HEP experimentalists, since two of our theorists focus on high-energy phenomenology — especially supersymmetry — oriented toward the physics that is starting to emerge from the Large Hadron Collider. Our theory group also works on nonperturbative quantum field theory.

WHAT SETS PARTICLE PHYSICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA APART?
OU has a vibrant HEP experimental group involved in hardware, computing and physics. We have a close collegial environment and a close collaboration between our theory and experimental groups. We take education seriously and have several award-winning professors in research and teaching. We are one of the original QuarkNet institutions.

FUNDING AGENCIES:
DOE, DOE Epscor, NSF

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