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fvtx and phenix
fvtx and phenix
p-3 and los alamos lab
building the FVTX silicon tracker in 2011
I (mostly) retired in 2017.


Phenix and the FVTX
The PHENIX detector, one of 2 large experiments at RHIC, a versatile accelerator at Brookhaven National Lab, operated from 2000 through 2016. Over the years, we built several components of this detector, The Muon tracking system (MuTr), the Multiplicity and Vertex detector (MVD), and finally, The Forward Vertex detector (FVTX).


P-3 (formerly P-25, an before that, P-2) is our group, the High Energy Nuclear Physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


From 1985 to 1996 we were involved in experiments at CERN. For one of these, NA44, we did some nice R&D on the use of aerogel for imaging Cherenkov detectors. Since then, I've maintained a few pages about aerogel.

In 2014, I picked up this thread again. R&D funds were available for development of detectors for the future EIC (electron-ion collider). I proposed to work on the development of a modular Cherenkov detector. When I retired, the baton was passed to GSU.


For some years now (actually, since 1996), I have been doing a weekly science hour at Wood-Gormley Elementary in Santa Fe. I answer science questions from the children, ranging from bugs to black holes. Nothing beats a good demo, but since there is no budget for equipment, these are 'cardboard and duct tape' experiments, which means you can do these too.

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The Santa Fe Alliance for Science

Make Santa Fe

Summer Physics Camp for Young Women




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