John S. Conway
Professor of Physics
I am a high energy physicist, studying the nature of matter, energy, space and time at the highest energies possible. The main focus of my research is at the CDF experiment at the Tevatron accelerator at Fermilab, and at the CMS experiment at the LHC at CERN in which beams of protons and antiprotons collide at a center of mass energy of 2 TeV (2 trillion electron volts), equivalent to more than 2000 times the mass of a proton. These collisions produce the most massive particles known, like the top quark (discovered in CDF in 1995) and W and Z bosons (the carriers of the weak force). My own research is in the search for new particles which may exist at higher masses, and take more energy and/or beam collisions to produce.
We will continue to run CDF for the next 2-3 years, but soon the CMS experiment at CERN will begin collecting physics data run at the LHC. The LHC will have seven times the energy of the Tevatron, and deliver huge numbers of proton-protion collisions, allowing us to search for the HIggs boson and fully explore the TeV energy scale.
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