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.
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. Although the LHC has only just started to run, we have already started to plan for upgrades to the CMS detector. One exciting possibility for an upgrade involves adding the ability to reconstruct, in real time, the trajectory of charged particles to help in deciding which events will be most interesting to analyze. The work this summer would be to help design algorithms for reconstructing the particle trajectories that could later be implemented in detector hardware. Since the studies involve hardware that has not yet been built, they will be carried out using software simulations.
Prerequisites: This project will require some familiarity with programming in C++.