DØ Wraps at Northern Illinois University

After 30 years of intensive involvement in Fermilab’s world-famous DØ (aka DZero) experiment, the Department of Physics at Northern Illinois State University is now playing host to the experiment’s final workshop.

is a long-term, large-scale collaboration – over its three decades it has involved hundreds of researches from 82 institutions in 18 countries. It was also a primary focus of NIU’s High Energy Physics program. Over the years more than 150 of HEP’s people, from undergrad and grad students to scientists and faculty, worked on DØ.

In essence the goal of DØ was to explore the structure of matter, time, and space by smashing protons and antiprotons together at Fermilab’s Tevatron accelerator. It was here that the top quark was discovered, along with support for the still-theoretical Higgs boson.

The Tevatron accelerator, home of DØ. Photo: Flickr/Mista Sparkle (cc).

But what to do now that the excitement of DØ is concluding? The NIU High Energy Physics lab will be refocusing its talent and (ahem) high energy on Fermilab’s Mu2E and Muon g-2 experiments and CERN’s ATLAS experiment.

And you know what? YOU could be part of incredible physics research like this, too. Browse GradSchoolShopper.com for a grad program that fits you, and check out the NIU Department of Physics while you’re at it!

Just think of the possibilities!

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