Phase-1 upgrades for the CMS detector, including the work of the UW CMS Trigger Team, are approved for construction with the attainment of the DOE Critical Decision 2/3 for a $43M project. Profs. Wesley Smith and Sridhara Dasu are leading the calorimeter trigger upgrade efforts at UW. The success is in part due to excellent hardware and firmware designed by UW engineers. Featured here is this year's UW academic staff award winner Mr. Tom Gorski's CTP7 board, sporting the highest-end Field Programmable Gate Arrays, Virtex-7 and ZYNQ from Xilinx Inc.
Using the Higgs boson to search for clues
Friday, August 1, 2014
Wisconsin postdoc Maria Cepeda and graduate student Aaron Levine were instrumental in this CMS study of non-standard model Higgs couplings in search of clues regarding new physics.
CMS presents evidence for Higgs coupling to fermions
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Wisconsin group played a leading role in presenting evidence for Higgs coupling to fermions. Graduate students Joshua Swanson and Isobel Ojalvo, undergraduate student Stephane Coopertein did crucial work on Higgs decays to tau-leptons. Prof. Sridhara Dasu co-led the CMS group that performed this analysis.
Two students in the Department of Physics have received Hilldale Faculty/Undergraduate Research Fellowships for 2014-15 academic year: Aaron Stemo, working with Professor Cary Forest, and Nicholas Derr, working with Drs. Susan Nossal and Edwin Mierkiewicz.
UW physicists are hard at work upgrading the trigger system for the CMS experiment at the LHC, which is in the middle of a maintenance period in preparation for higher energy collisions in 2016. Graduate student Tom Perry takes a break from this work to give the public an explanation of what the trigger system is, using a bowl of party mix.
A 2D array of up to 49 atomic qubits is being used for entanglement and quantum computing experiments.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
A 2D array of up to 49 atomic qubits is being used for entanglement and quantum computing experiments. The array is loaded stochastically and the movie shows digitized data of single atom occupancies in the array.
Baha Balantekin elected to Science Academy of Turkey
Monday, December 23, 2013
Baha Balantekin, Eugene P. Wigner Professor of Physics, was elected a
member of the Science Academy of Turkey. The Science Academy of Turkey is
an independent (non-governmental), self-governing organization dedicated
to promoting scientific merit, freedom and integrity. The Science Academy
endorses the time-honored traditions of integrity, independence and social
engagement and strives to contribute to the improvement of science
education and the public perception of research and scholarship. Besides
Balantekin, the newly elected members of the Science Academy include
Nobelists Phil Anderson and Peter Diamond.
IceCube awarded the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The IceCube project has been awarded the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year by the British magazine Physics World. The Antarctic observatory has been selected for making the first observation of cosmic neutrinos, but also for overcoming the many challenges of creating and operating a colossal detector deep under the ice at the South Pole.