Physics Department News Archive

January 26, 2009

Averin Co-authors article in Physics Letters B.

Sioux Falls Russ Averin ('10) and Drew Alton's work from the past two summers has now been published in the most recent Physics Letters B. The paper describes a model-independent way to search the accumulated proton-antiproton collision data recorded by the D0 detector at FermiLab for a previously unknown fundamental particle that decays into Z-boson and a high energy photon.

The search of the volumes of collisions looking for a new particle is important because physicists believe that our current understanding of nature (aka the Standard Model) is incomplete. This work suggests a method of searching the data without invoking any specific theoretical model - a more efficient tactic than applying every model to the data separately.

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