Nuclear Physics Group

CMS Experiment

The Compact Muon Solenoid

The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is one of the four experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN located in Geneva, Switzerland. UC Davis is part of the CMS collaboration, which consists of 3600 people from 183 institutions in 38 countries (as of June 2008).

The Detector

The CMS detector has an inner silicon tracker, an Electromagnetic Calorimeter, Hadronic Calorimeter, a 3.8T solenoidal magnet, and ends with various muon chambers. CMS was built with muons in mind hence the name. To the right there is an event with two muons that have been detected in the muon chambers and reconstructed.

Data Analysis

Our group is actively engaged in:

  • Heavy quark and heavy quarkonia production.
  • Particle correlations.
  • Jet Studies.
  • Various service projects related to Software.

At the LHC

Since CMS is not a local experiment our students get the chance to travel and work closely with collaborators for up to a year. The work there includes analysis, service projects, as well as shifts to run and monitor the experiment. To the right is a picture of the Davis group in the control room at the LHC.

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