Experimental Elementary and Nuclear Physics
Professor, Physics and Astronomy
1965 B.A. Columbia University
1969 Ph.D. Pennsylvania
The polarized proton beams at RHIC at BNL have been accelerated and stored with measurable polarization and an exciting physics result has been obtained. A large community of exerpimentalists and theorists are eagerly awaiting further results from collisions of polarized proton beams. In a separate effort the design for a detector (RPC) with record breaking time resolution has been completed and a prototype installed in the STAR detector at RHIC. A proposal involving eight Chinese Universities, University of Texas, Austin, and UCLA, with Rice in the leading role has been made to upgrade the STAR experiment with these detectors. Approval of this proposal is likely within the next few months. We also have aided several Korean groups working with Korea University in Seoul to obtain funding from their governmental agencies to build a different type of RPC for the muon system of the CMS detector at the CERN LHC. We have also tested prototype electronics for triggering the CMS muon system. Measuring the radiation hardness of these electronics, part of the testing procedure, may also be relevant to national security issues.