Iowa State University

NAME:
Iowa State University

HOME TOWN:
Ames, Iowa

MASCOT:
Cy the Cardinal

COLORS:
Cardinal and gold

COLLABORATING AT FERMILAB SINCE:
1973, with the 30-inch bubble chamber experiment

WORLDWIDE PARTICLE PHYSICS COLLABORATIONS:
ATLAS (CERN), DREAM (CERN), DZero, LBNE, MINOS, NOvA

NUMBER OF SCIENTISTS AND STUDENTS INVOLVED:
Five faculty, two postdocs, three graduate students

PARTICLE PHYSICS RESEARCH FOCUS:
ISU has collaborated at Fermilab on E615 since 1980, on DZero since 1995 (with six Ph.D. students), and on the 4th concept detector and DREAM (dual-readout) for engineering studies and technical work since 2006.

Nowadays, the ISU neutrino group has a strong experimental program collaborating with Fermilab at the Intensity Frontier. We are leading the effort on the first electron neutrino appearance analysis in NOvA. The neutrino group has played a major role in the computing and offline software efforts (infrastructure, simulations and reconstruction) for the NOvA experiment. In addition, the group is working on alignment studies and calibration design for this experiment. In MINOS we played a leading role in the first electron appearance analysis analysis.

In collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory, we are also studying the possibility of using new large-area picosecond photodetectors based on microchannel plates in the new large water Cherenkov detectors being proposed for the next generation of long baseline neutrino experiments.

FUNDING AGENCIES:
DOE, NSF

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