Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson


B.Sc., University of London (1977)

Ph.D., Purdue University (1983)

Experimental High-Energy Physics

For many years I worked in the area of high-energy physics that used high energy electron-positron annihilation in the quest to understand the fundamental forces of nature. Since coming to CSU in 1992 I have worked on the SLD experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), that used the first linear electron-positron collider to study the properties of the Z0 weak boson; with the BaBar collaboration, also at SLAC, where I helped to design and build the novel Detector of Internally Reflected Cherenkov light (DIRC) used in the important measurement of Charged-Parity violation in B meson decays; and I contributed to studies of detectors for physics at a future International Linear Collider.

More recently, I have become involved in rather different types of experiments, parts of which require extremely low background rates and therefore must be carried out underground. I am currently a member of the Tokai-to-Kamoika (T2K) long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment that produces an intense neutrino beam in a facility on the east coast of Japan and studies the beam with a 50-kton detector, 1000 m underground and 295 km away. Related to this, I investigated the physics potential and design of a very large Underground Nucleon Decay and Neutrino Oscillation (UNO) experiment. This work ultimately led to my current long term project with the proposed Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) that proposes to send to direct a 700 kW – 2 MW neutrino beam from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, through the Earth’s crust, to a 300-kton detector, 1300 km away and 5000’ deep in the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) in Lead, South Dakota.