Physics Department: REU Projects - High-Energy Physics

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

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. Our current work involves understanding the detector response to a supernova neutrino burst.  Detection efficiency, energy resolution and sample purity are some of the issues under investigation.

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

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.