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David H. Miller

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B.S., Physics (Honors) 1960, Imperial College, London University, England
A.R.C.S., Physics (Honors) 1960, Imperial College, London University, England
Ph.D., High Energy Physics 1963, Imperial College, London University, England

Research Interest, Current: Discovery Physics at the High Energy Frontier
Current research is the exploration of a new energy frontier using the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider.  The LHC collides protons on protons and produces energy densities the same as those a billionth of a second after the Big Bang.  The goal is to discover the fundamental building blocks of matter and understand the force fields and the evolution of our Universe. In July 2012 the discovery of what is believed to be the Higgs particle was announced. This particle is associated with Higgs field and is responsible for giving mass to all particles. The search for this particle has taken almost 50 years.  We expect further discoveries and new phenomena such as supersymmetry and extra dimensions and hopefully completely unexpected effects that nature has in store. This will allow a giant step forward in understanding the grand unification of all forces and the theoretical framework that could contain a new view of our Universe and the existence of other Universes. At Purdue, in collaboration with other groups, we built the Forward Pixel Detector. This is basically a highly precise camera for detecting the particles from the collisions.

Past Research on the Physics of Quarks 1986 - 2008
Beauty and charm quark physics using electron-positron annihilations at the accelerator CESR at Cornell. CLEO The physics involved high precision measurements of the properties of quarks and anti quarks including couplings, interactions and spectroscopy of bound quark states. This provides a window to the physics of the very early Universe and it's subsequent evolution. Rare decays and unexpected phenomena are of particular interest to understand how the Universe formed and evolved resulting in the matter dominated Universe that exists today. At Purdue we built a highly sophisticated silicon detector CLEO III Silicon Group.
Previous Research:

The physics of quarks and leptons using electron-positron annihilations at 29 GeV
Meson resonance physics.

Awards and Honors
  • Fellow, the American Physical Society
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1972-73
  • Visiting Scientist, CERN, 1972-73
  • Visiting Faculty Member, Cornell University, 1992-present
  • Spokesman for experiments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center BC20, BC8, BC48, CB61, 1967-78
  • Spokesman for experiments of the Argonne, Berkeley, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue Collaboration PEP 12 using the High Resolution Spectrometer, 1986-89
  • Spokesperson for the 22 institution, 200 physicist experiment, CLEO, studying b quark physics at the CESR collider at Cornell, 1992-1995
Professional Experience
  • Professor of Physics, Purdue University, 1976-present
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Purdue University, 1968-76
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Purdue University, 1965-68
  • Research Associate, Purdue University, 1963-65

Number of refereed publications: 622

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2020 1:12 PM

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