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Experimental Physics

In high energy physics we seek to understand the nature of space and time, the characteristics of the forces governing the interactions of matter and energy, and the origins of the properties of the elementary particles. Modern theories of particle physics purport to explain the origin of mass, and hope to unify the descriptions of all the forces, including gravity. Our research group works on projects that test these ideas.

With the discovery that "normal" matter constitutes only 4% of the total energy in the universe, the study of dark matter and dark energy has attracted great interest. We collaborate on two projects that plan to study these phenomena.

Projects with Illinois Participation

Particle Physics:

   The ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider

   Collider Detector at Fermilab

   Heavy Flavors at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR)

   High Energy Photoproduction

   Linear Collider R & D


   Dark Energy Survey

   Large Synoptic Survey Telescope