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Elementary Particle Physics
Theoretical
The Theoretical Particle Physics group seeks to understand the fundamental forces of nature and the basic structure of matter, energy, and spacetime. Work proceeds on theoretical foundations, such as Mtheory and string theory, on the interface of particle physics and cosmology, and on phenomenological studies which test, strengthen and extend the current "standard model". Topics of interest include the string theory description of quantum gravity and gauge fields, supergravity, dark matter and dark energy, big bang physics, the origin of flavor and CP violation, the phenomenology of supersymmetry and string theory, QCD, regularization and renormalization in field theories, and the general connection of theory and experiment. The stimulating environment of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics provides a very active atmosphere, support for visitors in all areas of particle theory, and fruitful crossconnections between the particle group and other theoretical disciplines.
Experimental
Michigan's experimental groups have lead roles in frontier experiments spanning much of particle and nuclear physics. The ATLAS Collaboration contributed to the discovery of and now is studying the properties of the Higgs boson. At the same time, the group is searching for other new phenomena in 14 TeV protonproton collisions at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. The Atlas Great Lakes Tier 2 computing center dissemenates research data throughout the United States. The CDF and DZero groups have studied the top quark and have searched for new phenomena in 2 TeV protonantiproton collisions at the Fermilab Tevatron. The Linear Collider group is carrying out detector R&D for a future highenergy electronpositron collider. A large Michigan team works on the Dark Energy Survey telescope which will measure the nature of the "dark energy" that is accelerating the expansion of the universe. The UM nuclear physics group uses beams of unstable nuclei to understand the astrophysical origin of the elements, while also pursuing studies in radiation oncology and nuclear medicine.
Nuclear, particle, and astrophysics at Michigan all benefit from the close relationship between our theory and experimental groups, and all teams look forward to uncovering new knowledge about the fundamental laws governing our universe.
Elementary Particle Physics Faculty
Theory
Ratindranath Akhoury  Elementary particle theory, gravity
Henriette Elvang  Quantum field theory, string theory, gravity
Katherine Freese  Theoretical cosmology and particle astrophysics
Gordon Kane  High energy theory, particle astrophysics and cosmology
Finn Larsen  Theoretical high energy physics, quantum gravity
James Liu  String theory, supergravity, gauge/gravity duality
Leopoldo Pando Zayas  String theory, quantum gravity, gauge theories
Aaron Pierce  Particle phenomenology, fundamental symmetries, dark matter
James Wells  Particle phenomenology, supersymmetry, extra dimensions
Christine Aidala  Hadronic structure, QCD dynamics (PHENIX, SeaQuest)
Dan Amidei  High energy collider physics (CDF, ATLAS)
Myron Campbell  High energy physics, rare decays (KOTO)
Timothy Chupp  Fundamental symmetries, dark matter
David Gerdes  High energy collider physics, dark energy (DES, DESI)
Wolfgang Lorenzon  Hadronic structure (SeaQuest), dark matter (PandaX)
Homer Neal  High energy collider physics (D0, ATLAS)
Jianming Qian  High energy collider physics (D0, ATLAS)
Keith Riles  High energy physics, gravitational waves (ILC, LIGO)
Tom Schwarz  High energy collider physics (ATLAS)
Joshua Spitz  High energy physics, neutrinos (MicroBooNE at Fermilab, JPARC)
Bing Zhou  High energy collider physics (D0, ATLAS)
Junjie Zhu  High energy collider physics (D0, ATLAS)
Research Projects in Experimental Particle
and Nuclear Physics:
UM Theory Group 
ATLAS 
CDF 
DZERO 
DES 
ILC 
TwinSol 
