Fermilab beam line with Fl. Tech GEM detectors under test (2013). Photo credit: VB
Our group's research is
currently centered on the CMS
experiment and the RD51 micropattern gas detector collaboration at CERN
(Geneva, Switzerland) and on Tracking R&D for a future Electron-Ion Collider in the US. We have contributed to the PHENIX experiment at the Brookhaven
National Laboratory in the past. In our labs on the Florida Tech campus we do basic
particle detector R&D on Gas Electron Multipliers (GEM) and have run extensive GEANT4 simulations for a Muon Tomography project. We operate a state-of-the-art Linux cluster with 180 CPU cores and 100TB of mass storage as a Tier-3 Grid cluster on the Open Science Grid from our local CMS T3 Center. Our group participated in the national Quarknet
education and outreach program by offering technical expertise to local physics high school teachers and students for
a Cosmic Ray Muon Project.
Look around this site to learn more about our research!
Aiwu, Jessie, and Vallary after installing large GEMs in Fermilab beam
"X" marks the spot! Dr. H. checks the CMS laser alignment system.
CMS experiment: Installation of Alignment Sensors for the Muon Endcap Chambers.
Himali Kalakhety, CMS physics analysis and Z' search
Vallary Bhopatkar, GEM R&D for CMS & EIC
Liz Starling, GEM R&D for CMS
Ankit Mohapatra, Higgs -> tau tau with CMS in LHC phase 2
Christian Zelenka, Muon tomography, grid sys. admin.
Ben Smith, MT testing (rebar concrete)
Christopher Bracci, GEM hardware and magnet testing
Jerry Collins, GEM R&D for CMS
Daniel McCormick, Cluster & Grid computing
Matthew Roof, Cluster & Grid computing
Nicholas Lowing, GEM hardware, magnet testing and webmaster
HEP A Group News
Our recent graduates participate in prestigious summer research programs including in programs abroad: Jessie @ JLab (via DOE SULI), Liz @ Frascati (via DOE-INFN scholarship), Mike @ BNL (via DOE SULI).
Shreeya Khanal, Mike Phipps, Liz Starling, Jessie Twigger, and Kimberly Walton win the second Northrop-Grumman Science Championship for our group at the 2014 annual Florida Tech Science & Engineering showcase with their presentations on GEMs with zigzag strips. In addition, Mike Phipps wins the "Best of Show" award in Physics for his particular contribution. (For details see also our Conferences page).
Aiwu Zhang and Vallary Bhopatkar assemble and operate the first ever 1m-class GEM detector produced outside of CERN.
Our undergraduates participate in prestigious summer research programs including in programs abroad: Ankit @ U. Muenster (via DAAD scholarship), Jessie @ Frascati (via DOE-INFN scholarship), Mike @ Columbia, Nevis Labs (Summer '13).
BNL increases our EIC R&D funding to $150,000 total (Mar '13).
Dr. Aiwu Zhang joins us from IHEP Beijing as our new post-doctoral research associate on the EIC project (June '13).
Christian Zelenka wins "Best of Show" in Physics for his poster on muon tomography at the annual FIT-Northrop Grumman Science & Engineering showcase (April '13).
Dr. H. receives 'Most Valuable Panther MVP' award (Dec '12).
Lenny Grasso and Mike Staib graduate with M.S. degrees in Physics (May '12). Congratulations!
Bryant Benson successfully defends his M.S. thesis (May '11).
Marcus Hohlmann, Samir Guragain (Ph.D '10), Himali Kalakhety CMS analysis research featured in Fermilab Today (March '11)
Alumna Georgia Karagiorgi (B.S.'04) is quoted in a Physics Today article on results of her Ph.D. thesis at MIT on antineutrino oscillations measured with MiniBooNE at FNAL.
DOE-Science (HEP) funds an upgrade of our Tier-3 Grid cluster operations with $30k from the 2009/10 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, aka the "Stimulus" bill (Sep '10).
Two-part Campus Research Report article appears in FIT Crimson: Part 1 on Muon Tomography; Part 2 on CMS (Sep '10).
Samir Guragain successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis (Sep '10).
Marcus Hohlmann talks with Courtland Lewis about the LHC on "American Variety," a radio show broadcast on three NPR stations in central Florida. Air dates: Sunday 5/9 & 9/5, 2010 on WFIT-89.5 FM (Melbourne) and Wednesday 5/12 & 9/8, 2010 on WMFE-90.7 FM (Orlando) and WQCS-88.9 FM (Ft.Pierce).
Listen to the webcast (big - 25 MB!) if you missed it on the radio.