Our group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is active on many fronts. The theorists study string theory and duality,
electroweak symmetry breaking and grand unification, and lattice QCD and flavor physics.
In the experimental program our running experiments are ATLAS at the Large Hadron Collider and the Dark Energy Survey in Chile.
Data analysis from CDF at the Tevatron is still going strong. Our CDF and ATLAS groups are active in top physics, gauge boson physics,
flavor physics with bottom hadrons, and studies of the newly discovered Higgs boson candidate.
Work on ATLAS upgrades is in progress, and our group is helping to build a hardware track finder (FTK) for the ATLAS trigger and the
read-out system for the New Small Wheel muon upgrade. The FTK will be operational for the 2015 run, while the New Small Wheel will be
installed after that run.
Work on future experiments is also going strong and we are involved in the muon g-2, μ2e, and ORKA experiments being built at Fermilab,
and The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) in Chile.
The g-2 experiment is the latest generation of an experiment to measure the magnetic moment of the muon and we are building a very
challenging clock system for the experiment. The μ2e experiment searches for the (Standard Model) forbidden decay of a muon into an
electron and no neutrinos. ORKA is an experiment designed to measure the rare decay
. We are involved with the design and construction of the data acquisition systems
for each of these experiments.
The Dark Energy Survey (DES) studies dark matter and dark energy through their effect on the acceleration of the universe
(supernovas and baryon acoustic oscillation) and on the history of structure formation (galaxy cluster formation and large-scale structure).
DES started taking data in September 2012. Our data set will establish a new standard in the accuracy of cosmological measurements.
LSST will provide digital imaging of faint astronomical objects across half of the sky every three days, opening a movie-like window on
objects that change or move on rapid timescales: exploding supernovae, potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids, and distant Kuiper Belt
Objects. The superb images from the LSST will also be used to measure the distortions in remote galaxy shapes produced by lumps of dark matter,
providing multiple tests of the mysterious dark energy. We anticipate the start of construction in 2014.