Physics Department: REU Projects - High-Energy Physics

Prof. John M. LoSecco
Email: losecco (at) nd.edu

The student could work on the on the LBNF/DUNE experiment.  The LBNF/DUNE experiment will measure the remaining parameters of the neutrino mixing matrix.  Current work involves designing the neutrino beamline to maximize the flux of neutrinos at energies most sensitive to the parameters, such as delta_CP, that we want to measure.

One could also work on simulations for the next generation Ice Cube experiment.  Ice Cube is a 1 kilometer cubed neutrino detector that is focused on discovering and understanding the high energy cosmic neutrino flux.  The project is planning an upgrade and the response of potential improvements is being studied via computer simulations.

Another possibility is the Double Chooz reactor neutrino experiment.  The experiment is currently collecting data for analysis. Analysis includes measuring the reactor power and neutrino rate, comparing calibration data with expectations, searching for and understanding experimental backgrounds and fitting the data to the neutrino oscillation hypothesis.

Prof. Kevin Lannon and Prof. Mike Hildreth
Email: mhildret (at) nd.edu
Email: klannon (at) nd.edu

The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment looks at collisions produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC is the worlds highest energy particle collider, with a growing dataset that could be hiding the next big scientific discovery.  An REU student selecting this project would work on one of two projects:  (1) Analyze CMS data, particularity studying top quarks and Higgs bosons or searching for signs of supersymmetry.  (2) Studies of a new trigger algorithm planned for the high-luminosity upgrade of the CMS detector planned for 2023.

Prerequisites:  This project requires familiarity with programming in C++ and the Linux operating system.  Knowledge of Python and ROOT is a plus.