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.

UVA undergraduate physics major Sydney Roberts entering the pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza in preparation of a cosmic-ray muon tomography scan.
The UVA contingent of the Intensity Frontier Group in our picnic area (2018). Front row (left to right): Quincy Mendelson, Adelaide Pollard, Hannah Woodward, Hannah Hiscott. Seond row: Eric Fernandez, Craig Group, Yuri Oksuzian, Anna Hall. Back row: Ethan Jones, Craig Dukes, Nignshun Chen, Thomas Stewart, Klye Fielman, Danny Mills. Not present: Ben Barton, Mary Blankemeier, Kristen Schumacher.
Ralf Ehrlich in front of the NOvA remote shift station.
The Antimatter Asymmetry Group in front of the first large prototype module for Mu2e (2015).
NOvA power distribution box: designed and built by the uVa group.
Bridget Mason, Ralf Ehrlich, Stephen Goadhouse, and Craig Dukes in front of the UVa-designed NOvA relay rack.
Dukes with high-rate MWPC prototype for CKM buit by the UVa group.
Jefferson's Lawn at night.
UVa group members Dukes, Ehrlich, Wang, and Goadhouse in front of the NOvA near detector prototype.
Having dinner at the Fermilab User's Center.
The NOvA power distribution system: designed and built at UVa.
University of Virginia lawn with the Rotunda in the background.
HyperCP MWCP designed and built at UVa, with Prof. Nelson and postdoc White.
The UVa-designed relay rack holding block instrumentation equipment used for the installation and monitoring of the NOvA Far Detector.
UVa postdoc Casey Durandet working on the fibers in the hadronic calorimeter built for HyperCP and also used in the MIPP experiment.
Road trip to the NOvA Far Detector site. From left to right: Stephen Goadhouse, Alexander Sirota, Elton Ho, Guillaume Bailey, Ralf Ehlich, and Bridget Mason.
Lunch on the Downtown Mall.
The High Energy Physics Laboratory at UVa.

PowerPoint summary of the group's projects: here.

What's New

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.

2020/02/28: LDMX Approved!

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:
2019/09/08: UVA Lands at No. 2 Best value among public schools, No. 4 Public overall according to U.S. News and World Report
2019/09/03: UVA Lands at No. 5 Among Public Universities in Forbes List
2019/08/12: It's the Top 10 Again for UVA in New Money Magazine Ranking
2019/01/30: UVA is Still Top Public `Best Value,' Says Princeton Review'

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

2008.11.21: Mu2e approved!

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

2001.09.01: HyperCP analysis called a tour de force