Graduate Student Opportunities
Graduate Student Opportunities in Experimental Group B
Group B has opportunities for up to four new Stanford physics graduate students to join in our work on the BABAR experiment at PEP-II, the SLAC asymmetric electron-positron collider.
We offer exciting research opportunities in experimental high energy physics using data from the BABAR detector. Joining our team means you will actively participate in:
- Data analyses of relevance to fundamental physics topics;
- Experimental science associated with accruing data from the BaBar program and the responsibility associated with a major detector;
- Development of new methodologies in the construction and testing of new prototypes.
What Group B offers students:
- Direction and assistance on thesis projects;
- A supportive environment;
- Great people;
- The opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and other professional meetings.
Specific opportunities for Stanford graduate physics students include:
- Working with a novel particle identification detector central to almost all BABAR physics studies, and learning how to use this new device in analyses of CP-violation effects in the decay of B mesons.
The Cherenkov angle, measured by the DIRC, as a function of momentum for tracks from a (D*-> D0 pi-, D0-> K- pi+) sample. The Pions (left) and Kaons (right) are kinematically identified.
- Beginning R&D toward the upgrade of the BABAR detector, including active participation in the research and development activity towards creating performance enhancements to the DIRC system, and new ways to detect and read out the Cherenkov light for the quartz bars.
- Studying the physics of CP violation; in particular, participation in the first studies of CP violation in the heavy quark B meson system, and in data analyses leading towards an understanding of the forces responsible for the matter-antimatter asymmetry in our universe. Specifically, the group has leadership of a study of inclusive particle production and specifics of hadronization of the B quark. Members of the group have leadership roles in studies of rare B decays, in systematic studies of radiative decays and in using BaBar data to measure R, the ratio of the e+e- total hadronic cross section to the Upsilon(4S) pair cross section. The group is also involved in long-term studies to measure all three angles of the unitarity triangle.
For more information or to visit us please contact:
- Nitssia Harrison