Profs. Brian Meadows and Michael Sokoloff work together with two graduate students, a postdoctoral research
associate and two undergraduate physics majors in the BaBar experiment at SLAC. Sokoloff, Meadows and the undergraduates
are based in Cincinnati while the postdoc and graduate students live in California, working daily at SLAC where the
accelerator and the BaBar detector are housed. The BaBar experiment has, as primary goal, the study of possible
mechanisms that have contributed to the matter /anti-matter asymmetry of the universe as we know it today.
(Cosmologists generally believe that equal amounts of both matter and anti-matter existed at the time of the "Big Bang").
There are two other
experimental high energy groups in the department of physics at the University of Cincinnati (UC). One of these is
led by Profs. Kay Kinoshita and Alan Schwartz who work on a similar experiment based at KEK, a high energy physics
laboratory in Japan. The other group, led by Professor Randy Johnson, studies properties of neutrinos. There is
also a theoretical physics group led by Profs. Phillip Argyres, Rohana Wijewhardana and Alex Kagan.
Jointly, these groups support approximately 8-10 PhD students, graduating 1-2 per year. They also support undegraduate
physics majors. At the UC physics department, we believe it is valuable for our majors to gain hands on research experience,
participating in the publication of results where appropriate.