Cecilia Elena Gerber

    Email Address: gerber@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Physics
    Title: Professor
    Office: SES 2270 Phone: 312 996 2239
    Webpage: http://gerber.people.uic.edu/index.html
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My research is in the area of experimental high energy
    particle physics instrumentation. My students and I study
    how to make devices out of silicon to precisely measure the
    position of the smallest subatomic particles. This work is
    part of an international collaboration between UIC and
    other US and international physicists on the CMS experiment
    at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics.

    Our device is called the silicon pixel detector. It lies at
    the core of the particle physics experiment CMS which
    operates at the CERN large hadron collider, in Geneva,
    Switzerland. The LHC, produces extremely high speed protons
    which are then smashed together to study the smallest bits
    of matter. The large CMS detector takes almost a billion
    pictures per second of these tiny particles and our device,
    the 70 Mega pixel silicon detector, measures their position
    with a precision better than 1/10th the size of a human
    hair.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5-10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    We will select each student based on his or her academic
    performance at UIC, employment and research experience,
    communication skills, and the result of an interview.
    Students should have completed Phys 141, 142, 215 and 244.
    We prefer student majors in the following order: (1)
    physics, (2) math and computer sciences, (3) electrical
    engineering, and (4) other science major. Highly motivated
    students with other majors are also encouraged to apply.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    During 2016, we will be using an X-ray source to test and
    calibrate 100 pixel detector modules that will be installed
    at the core of the CMS experiment in the Spring of 2017.
    Students interested in participating in this work will
    receive training to ensure their safety and the integrity
    of the detector modules under study. Student will learn to
    operate the testing equipment and interpret the results. In the process, they will learn the basics of high energy physics detector instrumentation and become proficient with the use of linux computers and specialized data analysis software.

    Students can opt to participate in module testing at UIC or
    at Fermilab. Students can opt to get UIC credit for Physics
    392, Physics Research. Limited funds for hourly pay may
    also be available.

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