University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Elementary Particle

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Serge Rudaz

Serge Rudaz does unified theories of elementary particle interactions and their phenomenology, applications to cosmology and astroparticle physics.

Asad Aboobaker

Physics of Particles

Elementary particle physics, or high energy physics (HEP), is the study of the fundamental building blocks of the universe. Why is our universe composed of matter rather than antimatter? Why do seemingly superfluous heavier relatives accompany the quarks and the electrons that we need to explain ordinary matter? Can we reconstruct the processes of the Big Bang and understand how the universe evolved into its present state? These are the questions that motivate the work of the faculty and graduate students who are engaged in HEP research.

The experimental particle physics group at the University of Minnesota is engaged on numerous fronts in this exciting worldwide campaign. Our group is led by nine professors and includes twelve postdoctoral research associates, eighteen graduate students, numerous undergraduate students, and a sizable technical staff. Their tools are wonderfully sophisticated (and expensive!) - particle accelerators, laboratories located deep underground, amazingly complex detectors, and powerful computer systems that process massive data samples.

The theory program has a strong phenomological component, focusing on heavy quark physics and quantum chromodynamics, with ties to the experimental group. There is also an interest in the cosmological aspects of supersymmetric gauge theories and Big Bang Nucleosythesis as a tool for discovering dark matter. Minnesota theorists have contributed significantly to a totally new direction, brane world scenarios, which predict that the universe is confined to a brane (domain wall), embedded in a higher dimensional space-time.

Elementary Particle Physics Faculty

Dan Cronin-Hennessy
Priscilla CushmanDark matter searches, novel particle detectors, collaborative work in integrative tools for Underground Science, low background techniques
Tony GherghettaPhysics beyond the Standard Model; LHC phenomenology; Supersymmetry; Extra dimensions; AdS/CFT and holography.
Kenneth HellerResearch in high energy particle physics currently focuses on neutrino oscillations as measured in long baseline accelerator experiments. Research in physics education focuses the use, learning, and teaching of problem solving in physics.
Yuichi KubotaI am interested in finding clues to the future theory of particles which will extend our current understanding. So far from three years of data collection (2010-2012) and analysis, evidence for neither SUSY nor extra dimension has been found.
Vuk MandicGravitational Wave Physics, Observational Cosmology, Early Universe Physics
Jeremiah MansHadron collider physics at the high energy frontier, trigger and data acquisition electronics.
Marvin MarshakProperties of fundamental interactions, including measurement of neutrino mass, tests of stability of matter (proton decay); high energy cosmic ray physics and astrophysics.
Keith OliveCosmology/Particle Physics
Gregory PawloskiNeutrino oscillation, Matter-antimatter asymmetries, Physics beyond the standard model
Marco PelosoAstroparticle physics, Inflation, Cosmology of extra-dimensions, Physics beyond the Standard Model
Ronald Poling
Serge RudazUnified theories of elementary particle interactions; Supersymmetry; Relativistic many-body physics, including the physics of nuclear matter, quark-gluon plasma and phase transitions in quantum field theories. Models of hadron interactions.
Roger RusackI carry out accelerator based experiments to understand the fundamental forces in Nature.
Mikhail ShifmanGauge field theories at strong coupling and supersymmetric field theories in various dimensions; supersymmetric solitons and solitons at the interface of high energy physics and condensed matter.
Nadja StrobbeExperimental Particle Physics at high energy colliders, Searches for new particles
Mikhail VoloshinProperties of elementary particles. Gauge theories of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions. Non-perturbative dynamics of quantum fields.
Arkady VainshteinTheory of fundamental interactions: gauge theories, supersymmetry. Operator product expansion and its applications.
Thomas WalshPhenomenology of Quantum Chromodynamics and the Standard Model; Lattice Gauge Theory; Astroparticle Physics; Energy Sources in 2100

Elementary Particle Physics Researchers

Daniel Jessen Ambrose
Erich Frahm
Matthew Frittsastroparticle physics, cosmology, cryogenics
Hajime MuramatsuParticle Physics
Matthew StraitNeutrino oscillations. Neutrinoless double beta decay. Supernovae.

Elementary Particle Physics Graduate Students

Allan Straub