Darien Wood


PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 1987

Area(s) of Expertise

Experimental Elementary Particle Physics

Research Interests

Prof. Wood is currently studying high energy (2 TeV) collisions of protons and antiprotons with the DØ Experiment at the Tevatron collider at Fermilab and higher energy (7TeV) collisions of protons with the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collder at CERN.

DØ has observed the elusive top quark and measured its mass, and made many precise measurements of the properties of other particles. The experiment continues to search for new particles, including the Higgs boson. In addition to searches for the Higgs boson, Prof. Wood’s particular area of interest is the study of the W and Z bosons, the carriers of the weak force. Prof. Wood led the DØ Experiment as co-spokesperson from 2007 to 2009. In the past he has worked on the system to detect muons, and he led an effort to upgrade the experimental “trigger” system which decides (in a few microseconds) which events to discard and which ones to retain for further study.

CMS began operating with high energy colliding beams in 2010. The experiment is studying quark and gluon scattering at the highest available energies, and is searching for new particles. Prof. Wood is leading a project to improve the detection of muons in the forward region of the detector and is studying the production of multiple Z bosons

Before joining the DØ Experiment, Prof. Wood worked on the UA2 experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, which was also dedicated to the study of proton-antiproton collisions. Before that, he studied high energy electron-positron collisions at SLAC in California.

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