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K-State Today

June 23, 2015

K-State physicist to lead project at Large Hadron Collider at CERN

By Kim Coy

Keti Kaadze, K-State assistant professor of physics, will lead a project to design and produce specialized electro-optical calibration units for the Compact Muon Solenoid detector at the Large Hadron Collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research.

Kaadze will use funds from the U.S. Compact Muon Solenoid project to support engineers and undergraduate student technicians at the K-State Electronics Design Laboratory to carry out her work on upgrade for the Compact Muon Solenoid hadronic calorimeter.

K-State high energy physicists work with colleagues from almost 200 institutions from around the world in the design, operation and analysis of data from the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the center's Large Hadron Collider. Starting in June, the Large Hadron Collider produces proton-proton collisions at an unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, marking the start of accelerator's second physics run as the world's most powerful microscope. With almost double the collision energy of its first run and improved capabilities resulting from its detector upgrade, the team will perform detailed studies of the recently found Higgs boson and search for new physical phenomena.