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Research in Partical and Astroparticle Physics


CREDIT OFFERED: 1 to 3 credit hours in PHSX 501 or 503

SALARY OFFERED: Negotiable hourly salary when credit option not taken.

CONTACT PERSON: Prof. Dave Besson,  1075 Malott Hall, zedlam@ku.edu


DESIRED SKILLS: C/C++ programming and/or electronics experience and/or machine shop experience and/or LabView. Willingness to endure long days of bitter cold and exposure to harsh environment. 

DESCRIPTION OF JOB: Currently involved in three experiments: a) CLEO experiment, located in Ithaca, NY, comprising data analysis of electron-positron annihilations, studies of the strong nuclear force, basic particle production and decay, b) ANITA experiment - radiowave detection of ultra-high energy neutrinos. NASA-supported, balloon-borne suite of 36 high-precision radio antennas flying circumpolar trajectory around Antarctic continent. Data analysis and modeling of ice properties, esp. with respect to radiofrequencies, c) RICE/AURA experiments - located at South Pole, radiowave antennas embedded at depths of 100-400 meters. Currently, upgrading hardware from the older RICE experiment to newer (AURA) initiative. Data analysis, antenna modeling, ice properties modeling. Also considering a new experimental effort involving deployment of radiowave sensors in Siberian permafrost. d) Physics Education Research - investigate possibilities of developing online introductory physics textbook.

Department Communications
Paper of the Week

Baldenegro Barrera, Baringer, Bean, Boren, Bowen, Bylinkin, Isidori, Khalil, King, Krintiras, Kropivnitskaya, Lindsey, Majumder, Mcbrayer, Minafra, Murray, Rogan, Royon, Sanders, Schmitz, Tapia Takaki, Wilson & CMS Collaboration

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