UCR physicists Robert Clare and Stephen Wimpenny, along with graduate students Jesse Heilman, Elizabeth Kennedy and Amithabh Shrinivas, have been involved in a significant upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at CERNs Large Hadron Collider. The CMS is a large particle-capturing detector. UCR is a founding member of the CMS experiment.
Over the past two years, 72 large (5ft x 11ft) chambers have been built at CERN and arenow installed in the CMS experiment.
Photo top left shows the final chamber, which was signed by the crew that built it. Circled are the signatures of the three UCR graduate students mentioned above. The final chamber is now installed in the CMS detector, together with its final cabling. The UCR crew worked on the construction of the chambers and their installation in the detector.
Photo at rightshows UCR graduate student Amithabh Shrinivas (along with a colleague from UC Davis) next to one of the chambers during the cabling.