Duke University

The Duke HEP group has been actively involved with the ATLAS experiment since 1994. Our ATLAS group consists of five faculty (Goshaw, Kotwal, Kruse, Oh, Phillips), two research scientists (Benjamin, Wang), two postdoctoral research associates (Bocci, Yamaoka), two engineering staffs (Ebenstein, Fowler) and several students.

Our main involvement has been in the Barrel Transition Radiation Tracker (TRT) from the conceptual stage. TRT is a charged particle tracking detector with electron identification capability. Our efforts span from design, prototyping, module construction, integration and commissioning. For the production, the group was responsible for constructing ~1/2 of the modules. Although the true test of the workmanship has to wait until the LHC provides collisions, cosmic ray data indicates the tracker should work as designed. With the detector in the experimental areas and being ready for the data taking, we are concentrating on the software development for the alignment and calibration as well as tracking validation, which is critical for the good momentum resolution.

With our experiences with the CDF data analysis, we are well positioned to make a substantial contribution as the data become available. Our physics interests are Higgs discovery, top physics, W mass measurement, Wg and Zg production, and the physics beyond the Standard Model, such as new gauge bosons, extra dimensions and SUSY particles.