Exploring some of the deepest mysteries of the universe: dark matter, the antimatter-matter asymmetry, new physics, hidden chambers in the Great Pyramid of Kufu.
We are a group of elementary particle physicists engaged in a several experiments that seek to better our understanding of the universe around us at the most fundamental level. One theme of our research, and there are many, is to try to understand the source of the asymmetry between matter and antimatter in the universe.
Our group is currently playing leading roles on three major experiments: NOνA, a long-baseline neutrino experiment that is measuring fundamental neutrino parameters, searching for exotic phenomena such as supernova neutrinos, magnetic monopoles, and weakly interacting massive particles; Mu2e, which will probe for a variety of new physics phenomena with unprecendented sensitivity through the search for muon to electron conversion, and LDMX, which is seraching for light dark matter. NOvA and Mu2e are being hosted at Fermilab, the premier particle accelerator in the United States. LDMX will run at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Facility. Finally, we are also engaged in an experiment, EGP, searching for hidden chambers in the Great Pyramid of Khufu using the technology we have developed for the Mu2e Cosmic Ray Veto Detector.
NOvA is currently taking data and producing seminal physics results, Mu2e is under fabrication, and LDMX is in the prototype and advanced planning stage. We have been members of NOvA and Mu2e since their inception. The UVA group designed, fabricated, and commissioned the NOνA Power Distribution System; designed the NOνA Detector Controls and Monitoring System; fabricated the NOνA Block Instrumentation System; and played a leading role inthe design of the NOνA Data Acquisition System. UVA members have lead, or co-lead, the Offline Computing Group, the Data-Driven Trigger Group, and the Exotics Group. We are leading the Mu2e Cosmic Ray Veto Group, the fabrication of which is taking place in the High Energy Physics Laboratory, and lead the Mu2e Institutional Board.
If you are interested in joining our quest we are always looking for smart, motivated, enthusiatic graduate and undergraduate students.
PowerPoint summary of the group's projects: here.
2022/04/21: Dukes and undergraduate student, Sydney Roberts, make the UVA news.
2022/04/21: Tomographic imaging of the Great Pyramid of Giza makes the news.
2021/05/11: Technology developed by UVA for the Mu2e Cosmic Ray Veto featured in Symmetry Magazine article: "Seeing through walls and breaking down barriers"
2021/04/09: Steven Boi passes his thesis defense!
2021/03/29: Cristiana Principato passes her thesis defense!
2021/03/11: New Coordinate Measuring Machine installed.
2020/08/25: UVA Mu2e fabrication effort featured in DOE Principal Investigator meeting.
2019/12/06: Frontier Physics Group on NPR
2019/11/20: Frontier Physics Group in the UVA News
2019/11/01: UVA Physicists Contributing to $271 Million Experiment at Fermilab
Some recent UVA rankings:
2018/10/03: HyperCP collaborator, Nobel laureate, Leon Lederman dies
2018/10/01: University of Virginia soars high in several rankings.
2018/08/24: NOvA publishes results from 9E20 protons on target.
2018/08/22: UVA Mu2e fabrication effort featured in DOE meeting.
2018/06/21: NOvA power distribution paper published!
2018/06/13: Cosmic Ray Telescope installed in Mu2e Detector Hall.
2018/06/12: UVA Experimental Particle Physicists highlighted in UVAToday
2018/06/04: NOvA experiment sees strong evidence for antineutrino oscillation
2018/05/11: Mu2e Cosmic Ray Veto test beam results published!
2018/03: LHCb sees rare hyperon decay first observed by HyperCP
2017/07/26: Video of last Mu2e pre-production module being fabricated.
2017/08/03: Dukes gives lecture to Fermilab Summer School students
2017/05/01: NOvA Remote Shift Station up and running!
2017/02/24: Michael Baird joins our team!
2016/10/14: Dukes article in Fermilab "News at Work": Cosmic Rays are a Pain
2016/08/23: Martin Frank starts new faculty position.
2016/08/08: NOvA shines new light on how neutrinos behave
2016/06/22: UVA Group hosts 2nd International Conference on Charged Lepton Flavor Violation
2016/04/13: NOvA first result highlighted in APS Physics
2016/01/19: NOvA publishes first two papers
2015/08/03: First large Mu2e CRV module fabricated at UVA
2015/07/24: Zukai Wang successfully defends thesis on monopole search
2014/04/24: Representative Robert Hurt visits UVA High Energy Physics Laboratory
2014/02/11: NOvA see first neutrino events
2013/09/30: UVA Mu2e solenoid model makes FermiNews
2013/08/01: UVA Completes the NOvA Power Distribution System
2011/fall: UVA NOvA Group in UVA Arts & Sciences Magazine
2010/12/03: UVA NOvA Group in UVA Today
2010/10/18: NOvA Sees First Event
2010.09.01: Power Distribution System installed in IPND
2010.05.01: Craig Group hired by Virginia!
2010.04.01: Andrew Norman hired by Fermilab as an Associate Scientist
2010.04.02: NOvA Protoblock completed
2009.09.01: Craig Dukes appointed head of the Mu2e Cosmic Ray Veto syste
2009.08.17: NOνA Featured in Washington Post
2009.08.18: Andrew Norman gives DPF talks on NOvA and Mu2e
2009.07.01: NOvA excavation begins
2009.07.02: Craig Dukes explains Virtual Particles in Symmetry magazine
2009.06.04: Andrew Norman Gives Muon Talk at Fermilab User's Meeting
2009.05.01: NOνA Breaks Ground on Far Detector Site
2009.03.03: NOνto receive $55 million of stimulus funds
2009.03.10: Emmanuel Munyangabe on YouTube
2009.01.01: UVa ranked second best public university in USA
2008.11.20: Craig Dukes elected Mu2e Institutional Board chair
2005.03.01: HyperCP sees rarest baryon decay ever observed
2005.01.01: Charlottesville best city in which to live
2004.12.01: HyperCP sees no evidence of Pentaquark
2004.12.21: HyperCP sees no CP violation in hyperon decays