– Dr. Marc Baarmand, Florida Tech associate professor of physics, has received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Division of
High Energy Physics, to conduct research with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. In addition to the new $330,000 grant, in 2002 Baarmand received
$323,000 from the DOE in construction funds to build particle detectors for CMS.
The CMS experiment is a large, general-purpose particle detector under construction at the Large Hadron Collider accelerator at the European Center for
Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. More than 1,850 scientists from 150 universities and research institutions in 34 countries collaborate on
this experiment. Florida Tech formally joined the CMS collaboration in June 2001.
The CMS scientists are studying high-energy proton-proton collisions to answer some of the most fundamental questions of nature, such as the origin of mass
and dominance of matter over antimatter in our universe.