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Experimental research in particle physics at UT Austin is done by members of the Center for Particles and Fields. The program includes cutting-edge experiments in four areas: proton-proton collisions at the highest available energy at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), relativistic heavy-ion collisions at the CERN LHC, neutrino experiments at Fermilab and in an underground laboratory in France, and ultra-precise measurement of the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon. These experiments explore the fundamental properties of quarks and leptons and of the interactions between them.



Current Core Physics Faculty

  • Timothy R. Andeen, Jr., Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2008.

    Associate Professor of Physics.

    Experimental searches for new particles and interactions and investigation of electroweak symmetry breaking high-speed electronics development for new, large-scale particle detectors.

  • Karol Lang, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1985.

    Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor of Physics.

    Experimental particle physics, rare kaon decays, neutrino interactions and oscillations, searches for neutrinoless double-beta decay, axions, processes beyond the Standard Model; development of particle detectors and analysis techniques of complex data sets; medical nuclear imaging.


  • Christina Markert, Ph.D., Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, 2001.

    Professor of Physics | Physics Library Liaison.

    Nuclear physics; relativistic heavy-ion physics; the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) phase.

  • Peter Onyisi, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2008.

    Associate Professor of Physics.

    Experimental investigation of electroweak symmetry breaking and searches for new particles and interactions; computing with large datasets of structured data.

  • Jack L. Ritchie, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1983.

    Professor of Physics | Director, Center for Particles and Fields (CPF).

    High-energy/nuclear physics.


Professors in Other Departments

Emeritus and Retired Physics Faculty

  • Arno Böhm, Ph.D., Universität Marburg, 1966.

    Professor Emeritus of Physics

    Particle phenomena in terms of algebraic and group-theoretical methods.

  • Charles Chiu, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1965.

    Professor Emeritus of Physics

    Theoretical particle physics, particularly in quantum chromodynamics; confinement problems; subquark and sublepton models; theories in Hadron collisions.

  • Duane A. Dicus, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1968.

    Professor Emeritus of Physics

    Field theory of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions; astrophysical implications of the weak force.

  • Austin M. Gleeson, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1965.

    Professor of Physics (Retired)

    Field theory of strong interactions and the physics of superdense matter.

  • Roy F. Schwitters, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971.

    Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair Emeritus in Physics #4

    Experimental high-energy physics detector development and B-physics studies.