Mitchell Wayne

Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

406 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-8475

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Research Interests

Professor Wayne’s current research focuses on the study of proton-proton collisions at the world’s highest energies with the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Physics topics of interest include the search for the Higgs Boson and searches for physics beyond the Standard Model, for example supersymmetry and compositeness. Prof. Wayne’s students and postdoctoral researchers have done analyses on a number of topics, including searches for the Higgs, compositeness and extra dimensions, as well as measurements of W boson production at the Tevatron. Prof. Wayne has a strong interest in particle detector research and development, in particular fiber tracking and calorimetry, and the advanced photon detectors used to process the light produced in the fibers. Current work focuses on Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) as the readout devices for several detector upgrades in CMS.

Honors and Activities

American Physical Society, Fellow

Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2019

Rev. James L. Shilts-Leonard, C.S.C and Doris and Gene Leonard Teaching Award, 2002

Kaneb Teaching Award, 1999


B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1977
M.S., ibid., 1980
Ph.D., ibid., 1985


“The Upgraded D0 Detector,” D0 Collaboration, Nucl. Instr. and Methods A 565, 463 (2006).

“Subjet multiplicity of gluon and quark jets reconstructed using the kT algorithm in p pbar collisions,” V.M. Abazov et al., Notre Dame (L. Coney, M. Hildreth, A. Kharchilava, E. Popkov, R. Ruchti, J. Warchol, M. Wayne) – D0 Collaboration, Phys. Rev. D 65, 052008, (2002).

“Performance of a Large Scale Scintillating Fiber Tracker Using VLPC Readout,” IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. 43, 1146-1152 (1996).

“Observation of the Top Quark,” S. Abachi et al., Notre Dame (N. Biswas, R. Ruchti, J. Warchol, M. Wayne)-D0 Collaboration, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 2632-2637 (1995).

“Performance of Multiclad Scintillating and Clear Waveguide Fibers Read Out with Visible Light Photon Counters,” B. Baumbaugh et al., Nucl. Inst. Meth. A 345, 271 (1994).