Michael Strauss
David Ross Boyd Professor
B.S. 1981 Biola University
Ph.D. 1988 University of California, Los Angeles
I am currently a member of the ATLAS collaboration doing research in experimental particle physics using the Large Hadron Collidaer (LHC) at CERN in Geneva Switzerland. The LHC, which produces the highest energy particle collisions in the world, is an excellent instrument for testing the predictions of the Standard Model of elementary particles and fields and to look for experimental deviations from those predictions. I previously did research using the DØ detector at the Fermilab Tevatron where my recent research has focused on testing various properties of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), and studying the properties of hadrons which contain a b quark.

The LHC is an excellent and remarkable experimental facility. With its high energy and high luminosity, we have the possibility of discovering new phenomena which may extend or supersede the Standard Model. Studies indicate that answers to fundamental questions about the mass in the universe, the asymmetry between matter and antimatter, and the nature of dark matter may be discovered in the near future at high energy physics laboratories.

Throughout my career, I have also been involved in testing and developing various silicon microstrip and pixel detectors used for finding particle tracks in the detectors. I have also developed software that identifies tracks in particle detectors. The University of Oklahoma has been a leader in the utilization of silicon devices for high energy physics detectors and we plan on continuing this effort for the ATLAS experiment.

In the near future, I hope to study the properties of the newly discovered Higgs Boson and to look for physics not described by the standard model, in addition to continued studies on QCD.

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