PITT PACC Members

Director

420B Allen Hall
(412) 624-2763
Fax: (412) 624-9163
My research field is in elementary particle physics theory, focusing on high-energy collider physics and in connection to astro-particle physics and cosmology. I formulate theoretical models of elementay particles and their interactions, and develop the strategies to test the theory by experiments and observations. This research direction, bridging the abstract theory and experimental observation, is the field of... Read More >
 

Center Administrator

420A Allen Hall
(412) 624-2593
 

Faculty

309 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9039
My research focuses on several aspects of stellar evolution, mostly related to Type Ia Supernovae (SN Ia). Identifying the elusive progenitor systems of these explosions has become one of the central problems of modern astrophysics, with important implications for cosmology. I am currently working on two main projects along these lines: Binary systems that contain one or two white dwarf stars are the leading candidates for Type Ia SN progenitors. I am leading an effort to develop data mining... Read more >
Brian Batell
401 Allen Hall
(412) 624-7565
My research is in the area of theoretical particle physics, with a strong focus on physics beyond the Standard Model. While the Standard Model provides a remarkably successful description of elementary matter and forces, it fails to address a number of outstanding conceptual and empirical mysteries, such as the naturalness of electroweak symmetry breaking, the strong CP problem, the nature of dark matter, and the origin of neutrino masses... Read more >
418 Allen Hall
(412) 624–9022
Fax: (412) 624–9163
I work on two major world–class experiments in experimental particle physics. The first is the CDF Experiment at Fermilab. The second is the ATLAS experiment at CERN. CERN is the French acronym for "The European Center for Particle Physics," which is located in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more >
392 NPL
(412) 624-9059
Lab: (412) 624-9224
Fax: (412) 624-9163
                           cleland@pitt.edu
417 Allen Hall
(412) 624-7159
400 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9054
Fax: (412) 624–9163
My research centers on the theory of strong interaction of elementary particles based on interaction of quarks and gluons, now referred to as quantum chromodynamics. The solution of this theory (e.g. to extract masses and properties of strongly interacting particles such as mesons and baryons) requires intensive computer calculations which exploit the Feynman sum over histories approach to quantum theory as well as a discrete space–time representation of the quark and gluon fields in the... Read more >
416 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9244
Fax: (412) 624–9163
The study of the fundamental properties of neutrinos is one of the frontiers of high energy physics today. Since they are so elusive, experiments come very slowly. However, each one comes packed with information. My interest is in the next generation of high quality measurements which will done at Fermilab and in Japan. To measure neutrino mixing, a good measurement of the ν energy is critical. With the coarse–grained detectors in use today, simulation of detector response is key. I am... Read more >
412 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9063
Fax: (412) 624-9163
403 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9060
Fax: (412) 624-9163
My research mostly deals with the phenomenology of new particles and interactions at colliders. The breaking of the electroweak symmetry and the stabilization of the electroweak scale has inspired new ideas like the Higgs mechanism, supersymmetry, extra dimensions, technicolor and little Higgs models. I am studying how these models can be constrained by existing precision data and possibly could be discovered at future experiments, most notably at the Large Hadron Collider. Of special interest..Read more >
412 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9000
Tae Min Hong is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an experimental particle physicist interested in questions related to the fundamental forces of Nature and the basic building blocks of the Universe [1]. Professor Hong is currently studying proton-proton collisions produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. As a member of the ATLAS collaboration of about... Read more >
315 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9571
Fax: (412) 624-9163
My research has centered on cosmology and related issues of theoretical physics. I have done extensive work on the theory of the cosmic microwave background radiation and the ways in which it constrains our models of the universe. Current microwave observations, combined with optical observations of the large-scale galaxy distribution, cosmic abundances of light elements, and the supernova-1a Hubble diagram, combine to give tight constraints on the properties of the universe. The resulting... Read more >
414 Allen Hall
(412) 624-3617
Fax: (412) 624-9163
My research interests centers on the strong and weak interactions of the Standard Model. In particular, I use effective field theory techniques to study heavy quarks as a probe of these interactions, and to try to uncover physics beyond the Standard Model. I am also interested in the physics of extra dimensions, supersymmetry, and in matter at extreme densities and on physics relevant to the Large Hadron Collider. Read more >
413 Allen Hall
(412) 624-1566
Fax: (412) 624-9163
My research interests lie in the field of experimental particle physics. This includes studies of heavy quarks, where the large mass makes theoretical interpretation of the experimental data easier, understanding the parameters of the CKM matrix which describe how the quarks change from one type to another under the weak interaction, CP–violation which is one ingredient required to explain the abundance of matter over anti–matter in our universe, and how the quarks and gluons... Read more >
415 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9038
Fax: (412) 624-9163
 
Dr. Naples works in the following fields: Neutrino Physics (neutrino properties, interactions, and neutrino oscillations), Neutrino interaction cross sections, Precision Electroweak Measurements (Measurment of Weak Mixing Angle, searches for non–Standard Model Physics), Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) – Measurement of Structure Functions and parton distribution functions. Read more >
310 Allen Hall
Office: (412) 624-1345
Cell (preferred): (412) 592-3853
Fax: (412) 624-9163
My research interests focus on the evolution of galaxies and the Universe over the last 8 billion years, primarily using deep, multiwavelength datasets from the DEEP2 and DEEP3 Galaxy Redshift Surveys and the AEGIS (All–Wavelength Extended Groth International Survey) collaboration. I am also working on developing new techniques for future projects such as LSST (the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) and DESI (the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument) that will study the nature of Dark... Read more >
409 Allen Hall
(412) 624-2764
Fax: (412) 624–9163
Prof. Paolone works in the field of particle physics. Particle physics is the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and how they interact. Through the use of particle accelerators we probe smaller and smaller distance scales (<10^–18 meters!) and try to untangle the fabric of space. Since the universe was once a small, hot and therefore energetic place we also recreate early phases of the universe soon after its birth. The universe looks like it does today because these... Read more >
317 Allen Hall
(412) 624-7898
Fax: (412) 624-9163
My research involves studying the evolution of galaxies as traced by quasar absorption lines. Specifically, I am studying the properties of damped Lyman alpha (DLA) systems, which are the strongest absorption lines of hydrogen seen in quasar spectra. The DLAs contain the bulk of the observable neutral gas in the Universe, and since neutral gas cools to molecular gas which eventually forms stars, DLAs are important probes of galaxy evolution. We design surveys to search for these rare DLAs with... Read more >
410 Allen Hall
PSC: (412) 268-4960
Pitt: (412) 624-9055
Fax: (412) 268-5832
Roskies is Professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh and a founder and Co-Scientific Director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center(PSC) . He is the author of over 60 papers in theoretical elementary particle physics, including aspects of lattice gauge theory and symbolic computation methods applied to fundamental problems in quantum electrodynamics. In 1984, together with Professor Michael Levine of Carnegie Mellon University and James Kasdorf from Westinghouse, he developed the... Read more >
402 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9042
Fax: (412) 624-9163
I work in the field of experimental high energy physics (HEP). In this field my colleagues and I study the properties of elementary particles and fundamental forces. One of our ultimate goals is recreating the conditions that existed in the universe a few nanoseconds after the Big Bang and providing the data to help explain the baryogenesis, i.e., the asymmetry between matter and antimatter in visible universe. In my field it often takes an effort of a large number of capable and motivated... Read more >
314 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9013
Fax: (412) 624-9163
I continue to be interested in the evolution of the chemical elements. My current research focuses on the chemical abundances in the interstellar medium of galaxies. The interstellar medium can be probed using emission–line diagnostics, when gas is photo–ionized by hot, massive stars in a galaxy. Another avenue to study the gas is by using absorption–line diagnostics, when a galaxy is fortuitously projected onto a bright, background Quasar. My student Brian Cherinka finished...Read more >
401 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9073
Fax: (412) 624–9163
404 Allen Hall
(412) 624–9057
Fax: (412) 624–9163
I am interested in learning how quarks and gluons build the universe. Quarks are the most basic bits of matter which form all other massive particles such as protons, neutrons, pions, and many others (electrons and neutrinos are not made of quarks).  Gluons are the carriers of the force which acts between quarks (much the same as photons are the carriers of the electromagnetic force). The whole thing is described by a quantum field theory called Quantum Chromodynamics, or QCD for short.... Read more >
316 Allen Hall
(412) 624–9015
Fax: (412) 624-9163
Most of Turnshek's work has been devoted to the study of Quasi–Stellar Objects (QSOs) and the use of them as probes of galaxies and the intergalactic medium. QSOs (often called quasars) are widely believed to be the active nucleus of galaxies, with the active nuclei powered by a supermassive (one million to one billion solar masses) black hole surrounded by an accretion disk. A large amount of Turnshek's effort has gone toward the study of Broad Absorption Line (BAL) QSOs, which eject... Read more >
306 Allen Hall
(412) 624-9053
Fax: (412) 624-9163
320 Allen Hall
(412) 624-2751
Fax: (412) 624-9163
My research focuses on discovering the nature of the dark energy currently accelerating the expansion rate of the Universe. I use the tools of observational astronomy to address this question of fundamental physics. The currently most successful probe of the kinematics of the Universe over the past 10 billion years has involved the use of Type Ia supernovae (SNeIa) to measure the evolution of luminosity distance vs. redshift (Riess98, Perlmutter99). I have been involved in the effort to... Read more >
320 Allen Hall
(412) 624-2752
I am a theorist with research interests that lie within cosmology, defined rather broadly. I strive to maintain a close connection with observation in large part because the amount and discriminating power of observational data is expanding rapidly and will continue to expand into the next decade. My aim is to make predictions that are unique and testable in the near term and to facilitate comparisons with data that are robust and maximize the discriminating power of the data. In many cases,... Read more >
 

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420D Allen Hall
 

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