Student, Mentor Co-author Article in Physics Letters B.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
SIOUX FALLS – Augustana junior Russ Averin and faculty mentor Dr. Drew Alton's work from the past two summers has now been published in the most recent Physics Letters B journal by Elsevier Science.
Averin is a physics and mathematics major from Sioux Falls. Dr. Alton is an assistant professor of physics.
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.