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Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
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110 Eighth Street, Troy, New York 12180-3590 USA

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(518) 276-6310
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E-mail: physics@rpi.edu

Research Focus:

Particle Physics

Experimental

Particle and Nuclear Physics research focuses on the fundamental constituents of matter, and their interactions, governed by the basic principles of quantum mechanics and special relativity.

Our major experimental effort focuses the Daya Bay Neutrino Oscillation Experiment, a high sensitivity search for nonzero mixing between the first and third lepton generations, as well as preparations for a long baseline neutrino experiment at DUSEL. We also have a program of experiments at Jefferson Laboratory, which focus on the structure of baryons involving exclusive reactions.

Faculty

Paul Stoler

Theoretical

We are primarily working on beyond the standard model applications of lattice field theory.  This includes strongly coupled supersymmetric systems such as arise in hidden sector models of spontaneous supersymmetry breaking. 

We have also studied models of compositeness in the Higgs sector of the Standard Model, with electroweak symmetry broken by strong dynamics of a new gauge force. This has led us into developing software for the study of resonance properties from first principles, which is also useful for lattice quantum chromodynamics. 

Further investigations include dark matter cross sections based on calculations from lattice quantum chromodynamics, and the study of whether or not dark matter may have appreciable self interactions. 

Much of our work has an eye toward string-inspired particle phenomenology, which we have worked on in the past.

Faculty

Joel Giedt

Rensselaer/US Dept of Energy/The Energy Frontier

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