The world’s largest atom smasher has proved invaluable at answering fundamental questions about the nature of the universe, including finding the Higgs boson. A team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicists has been part of a multi-institutional collaboration that built the original Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, one of two large particle detector experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN Laboratory in Switzerland.
Claes, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is part of the Experimental High Energy Physics group, which studies the fundamental constituents of matter through experiments at the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator laboratories. The group participates in the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider operated by CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
Bloom is an experimental particle physicist with interests in top-quark physics, weak interactions and the Higgs boson. He is among UNL scientists who work on the Compact Muon Solenoid at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He has been involved in particle physics research for 25 years. In January 2015, he was appointed manager of software and computing for the U.S. CMS operations program, where he is responsible for the $17 million annual budget for computing facilities and support personnel. UNL hosts a “Tier-2” computing center for CMS, one of seven such sites in the United States.