KU Nuclear Physics group
The KU Nuclear Physics Group is an active member of the Compact Muon Spectrometer (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and works in the area of relativistic heavy-ion physics.
Student research opportunities
- Physical Review Letters accepted the paper: Exclusive J/\psi photoproduction off protons in UPC p-Pb at 5.02 TeV led by Prof. Daniel Tapia Takaki.
- Pat Kenny gave the talk "Results and future prospects of ultra-peripheral heavy-ion collisions with CMS" at Diffraction 2014 in Primosea, Croatia (September 10-15)
- Professors Michael Murray and Daniel Tapia Takaki participated in the Long Rangle Plan town meetings on QCD held at Temple Univerisy, September 13-15. Prof. Daniel Tapia Takaki gave the talk: Ultra-peripheral heavy-ion collisions with CMS.
- We organized the Future directions on heavy-ion physics in the forward region & LHC Working Group on Forward Physics and Diffraction. The workshop chaired by Professors Daniel Tapia Takaki, Mark Strikman, Christophe Royon and Nicolo Cartiglia. Sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the KU Office of Research, and CERN. Lawrence and Kansas City, September 3-6, 2014.
- Undergraduate student Daniel Rhodes was awarded the Gene Feaster physics undergraduate scholarship.
- Graduate student Pat Kenny successfully defefened his PhD thesis on August 28, 2014.
- Prof. Daniel Tapia Takaki gave an invited talk on behalf of the ALICE and CMS Collaborations at the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) in Valencia, Spain from July 2-9, 2014. He presented recent results on ultra-peripheral heavy-ion collisions at ALICE and CMS. He spent a month and a half working at CERN over the summer. He also officially joined the CMS Collaboration in August.
- Graduate student Samuel Boren participated and gave a talk (for which he got the Oreste Piccioni Diploma) “Prospects for Measuring Coherent J/ψ Photoproduction in Ultra-Peripheral p-Pb Collisions” at the 52th International School of Subnuclear Physics in Erice, Sicily, from June 23 to July 3.
- Graduate student Chris Bruner presented the poster: Centrality and pseudorapidity dependence of dE_T/deta in pPb collisions at 5.02 TeV with CMS at the Quark Matter conference, Darmstadt, Germany - May 19-24, 2014.
- Postdoctoral researcher Quan Wang presented the talk: Azimuthal Anisotropy of Charged. Particles from Multiparticle Correlations in pPb and PbPb collisions at the Quark Matter conference, Darmstadt, Germany - May 19-24, 2014.
We are an active member of the CMS Collaboration at CERN