Kansas State

Kansas State ("KSU" or "K-State") joined the CMS experiment in 2001.  Our CMS group currently consists of two faculty members, three post-docs, and three graduate students.  We have pitched in on a number of projects in several locations to help get the CMS detector up and running for data taking in 2008.  In Manhattan, Kansas, our home town, a team of physicists, engineers, and undergraduates carefully checked about a thousand precision micro-circuits that form part of the CMS forward pixel detector or FPIX.  The FPIX is any many ways a mega-sized, super-high-speed, ultra-high-resolution digital camera that that is positioned as close as possible to point where the highest energy protons ever produced on earth will collide with one another at the center of the CMS detector.  At Fermilab we have teamed with colleagues from throughout the USA to help put the FPIX together and to write computer programs to help understand its behavior.  One of our programs, called WBM, lets users from all anywhere on earth monitor the operations of the CMS experiment from their home computers using the World Wide Web.  Finally, a third K-State squad, based in Switzerland at CERN, joins with collaborators from around the world to assemble another part of CMS, the electromagnetic calorimeter in its final position at the LHC collider.

 

We are eagerly awaiting the first data from CMS in 2008, and we are proud of the small, but important pieces of the experiment that come from Kansas.  Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, will play a big role in figuring out what the data from this frontier physics experiment tell us about nature.