University of Louisville High Energy Physics


Who We Are


Dr. Swagato Banerjee

Natural Sciences Bldg. 210
Office: (502) 852-0915

Dr. David Brown (PI)

Natural Sciences Bldg. 204
Office: (502) 852-6790

Dr. Chris Davis

Natural Sciences Bldg. 205
Office: (502) 852-0852


Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
102 Natural Science Bldg.
University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292
(502) 852-6790


You have reached the home page of the University of Louisville's High Energy Physics (HEP) group. Currently, the group actively participates in the Mu2e, ATLAS, and BaBar experiments. Mu2e is an experiment to search for a rare process - direct muon conversion to an electron. It is still in the development and construction phase at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab near Chicago. ATLAS is a very large general-purpose collider detector operating at the energy frontier at the Large Hadron Collider in the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. ATLAS is one of the two experiments that discovered the Higgs Boson in 2012. The BaBar Experiment took data electron-positron collisions from 1999 to 2008 at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Palo Alto, California. The BaBar data sets are large and provide opportunities to search for rare physics processes.

The group's work with Mu2e has so far been focused on developing the software framework, especially software pertaining to the detector's geometry as well as simulation and documentation. We are also involved in studies of backgrounds due to radiative pion capture. Dr. Brown is leading these efforts.

The group's current activities on ATLAS include work on analyses of the Higgs boson. We are also involved in upgrade development work for the forward pixel detectors and trigger. Dr. Banerjee leads this effort.

The group's work with BaBar has been focused on using BaBar's rich data set to compile inclusive hadron production rates and the dependence of these rates on momentum for several relatively common hadrons. The group is also interested in decays of the B-meson into final states that include baryons. There is an interesting puzzle with a seeming "gap" in the accounting for decay modes. Dr. Brown is leading these efforts. The group is also involved with studies of tau lepton decays and studies of lepton flavor violation. Dr. Banerjee is leading this effort.

An application to join the group can be found here.

Recent News

Welcome New Group Members!

We welcome new student members Lacee Pyles and Aaron Hill to the group! Both are graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


We congratulate our own Professor Swagato Banerjee for receiving a US ATLAS Scholar Award! The award will be used to support his important work on design and simulation of the Inner Tracker for upgrade of the ATLAS detector. Much of his work will be performed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.

Panofsky Prize

We congratulate our friends and colleagues, Professor David Hitlin of CalTech and SLAC Director Emeritus Jonathan Dorfan, who were recently named two of the four winners of the 2016 Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics. We are proud of our association with them, and with the BaBar Experiment.

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