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Robert J. Wilson 
Professor of Physics

OFFICE: Room D205, Engineering Building
PHONE: (970) 491-5033, FAX (970) 491-7947
HEP Group, Department of Physics,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

Research   Teaching   Misc.

Research Interests - Experimental High Energy Physics

  • T2K (Tokai-to-Kamioka) Neutrino Oscillation Experiment. T2K is an intense neutrino beam produced in a facility on the east coast of Japan directed at the 50-kton Super-Kamiokande detector, 1000 m underground and 295 km away. I helped to design and build the Pi-Zero Detector (P0D) part of the Near Detector complex (ND280) for this experiment.
  • Long-Baseline Neutrino  Experiment (LBNE). Proposal 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 feet deep in the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) in Lead, South Dakota. Currently I lead the collaboration Physics Working Group.
  • Photodetector Studies. Investigating the proporties of photosensors for high energy physics applications, especially solid state pixelated Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes.

    Past Projects

  • Investigating the physics potential and design of a future Underground Nucleon Decay and Neutrino Oscillation (UNO) experiment
  • BaBar experiment at the PEP-II facility at SLAC. I worked on BaBar for many years - helping to develop the  innovative DIRC particle ID system from early prototypes.
  • I was the Project Manager and Deputy Spokesperson for the Henderson Underground Science and Engineering Project (HUSEP) Collaboration, that received one of only two awards award from the National Science Foundation to develop a conceptual design for a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). In summer 2007 our proposal was declined in favor of the Homestake site in South Dakota.
  • International Linear Collider ILC. Particle ID and detector studies.
  • Completed SLD experiment at the SLAC Linear Collider (SLC). Designed and built the single-electron sensitive PWC for the endcap CRID (Cherenkov Ring Imaging Chamber). Electroweak parameter measurements and strange particle asymmetry.
  • I was a post doc at SLAC Group C working on the Anomalous Single Photon (ASP) experiment at the Positron Electron Project (PEP) colliding beams synchrotron. Set limits on SUSY particle masses (photinos and scalar electrons, and set limti on number of light neutrino species).
  • PhD thesis experiment was the High Resolution Spectrometer (HRS) at the Positron Electron Project (PEP) colliding beams synchrotron. "Search for Scalar Electrons"


  • Installation of the P0D at JPARC
  • Bob at SLAC.

  • High Energy Physics Explained:

    A nice summary of High Energy Physics can be found here courtesy of the Fermi National Lab just outside of Chicago.