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fvtx and phenix
fvtx and phenix
p-25 and los alamos lab
building the silicon tracker in 2011

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 most recently, The Forward Vertex detector (FVTX), whichis part of the innermost detector of the PHENIX experiment, .


P-25 is our group, the Subatomic 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.


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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