Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics

at the University of Maryland



Collider Physics

  1. -BaBar - A high energy physics experiment at SLAC designed to study the violation of charge and parity (CP) symmetry in the decays of B mesons.

  1. -CMS - Compact Muon Solenoid - A detector at CERN’s LHC designed to search for the Higgs Boson, extra dimensions, and dark matter candidates.

- SuperB - An effort to build the next generation asymmetric e+e- collider.

Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics

  1. -AURA - Askaryan Under-ice Radio Array - An experiment to search for ultra-high energy neutrinos using radio-wave signals in the deep Antarctic ice.

  1. -EXO - Enriched Xenon Observatory - An experiment aiming to detect neutrino-less double beta decay using large amounts of pure xenon.

  1. -Fermi - A satellite-based Gamma-ray Space Telescope that is studying the cosmos in the energy range 10 keV - 300 GeV.

  1. -HAWC - High Altitude Water Cherenkov Experiment - An effort to build the 2nd generation, ground-based gamma-ray observatory that will be capable of continuously surveying the TeV sky for steady and transient sources from 100 GeV to 100 TeV.

  1. -IceCube - A cubic-kilometer scale neutrino telescope located in the ice below the geographic South Pole.

  1. -LBNE - Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment - An effort to build long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment using a high-intensity neutrino beam to probe neutrino properties and CP violation in the neutrino sector.

  1. -LIGO - Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory -An experiment to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves, and use them to explore the fundamental physics of gravity and energetic astrophysical events.

  1. -LUX - Large Underground Xenon - An experiment to search for Dark Matter candidates (WIMP) using a large two-phase liquid/gas xenon detector.

  1. -Milagro - A ground-based gamma-ray observatory that is the world's first instrument capable of continuously monitoring the entire overhead sky in the TeV energy regime.

Cosmic Ray Physics

  1. -AMS - Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer - An experiment to search in space for dark matter, missing matter & antimatter on the international space station.

  1. -ATIC - Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter - A balloon calorimeter to to measure the energy spectrum of individual cosmic ray elements in order to study the validity of the supernova shock wave acceleration model.

  1. -BESS - Balloon-borne Experiment with Superconducting Spectrometer - An experiment to search for antimatter in the cosmic radiation, as well as measure energy and intensity of less exotic components of the cosmic radiation.

  1. -CREAM - Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass - An experiment designed to measure cosmic ray elemental spectra.