High Energy Physics Research at Caltech

The Caltech High Energy Physics effort consists of several very active groups in both theoretical and experimental physics.

The theory effort includes particle physics, particle astrophysics, string theory and quantum computing.

The experimental effort includes Large Hadron Collider physics, neutrino physics, heavy flavor physics, leadership of the global design effort on the International Linear Collider, particle astrophysics, and detector R&D.

The experimental particle physics group, consisting of six faculty, is involved in several major experimental efforts: the high-energy-frontier CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (Newman, Spiropulu), the neutrino physics experiments MINOS and NO.A (Newman, Patterson) at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and several heavy flavor experiment: BABAR at the SLAC National Accelerator Center, the next generation SuperB project at the new Nicola Cabibbo Lab in Italy and the Mu2e experiment at Fermilab (Hitlin, Porter). Caltech is home base for the director of the Global Design effort for the International Linear Collider (Barish).

Newman’s computing group also develops grid computing and networking for CMS and the other LHC experiments.

The experimental particle astrophysics group has one faculty member (Golwala) who is engaged in the search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) dark matter with the CDMS experiment at the Soudan Mine in Minnesota and in R&D towards the future SuperCDMS and GEODM experiments.

These efforts greatly benefit from the involvement of an outstanding group of postdoctoral scholars and fellows, staff scientists, technical and administrative personnel, and Caltech graduate and undergraduate students.