Particle Physics Experiment

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The experimental High Energy Particle Physics group (HEP) at FIU consists of three faculty members, postdoctoral associates, and a number of graduate and undergraduate students. The group conducts research at CERN's Large Hadron Collider and is a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid collaboration, one of the LHC's four main experiments. The group is currently conducting research on standard model processes at LHC energies of 7.0 TeV. The group is also involved in a variety of activities related to the maintenance and operation of the detector. In particular our group has responsibilities in maintaining and operating the Detector Control System and the Laser Calibration system for the Hadronic Calorimeter. We also have a group that works on distributed and GRID computing for CMS. The group is also a member of CHEPREO, an NSF supported grant that funds both the HEP and the Physics Education Research (PER) groups. The PER group focuses on improving learning and the education of students, from high school through the graduate level.