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Physicist receives $750,000 award for international quest

By The Mercury

A K-State physicist has received the prestigious Department of Energy Early Career Research Award for his collaborative research involving the Large Hadron Collider.

Andrew Ivanov, assistant professor of physics, has received the five-year $750,000 award for his proposal titled “Quest for a top quark partner and upgrade of the pixel detector readout chain at the CMS.” His is one of 61 proposals chosen for funding from the 700 proposals submitted this year.

Ivanov is using data from the Large Hadron Collider to help solve fundamental problems in particle physics. The Higgs boson was recently discovered at the Large Hadron Collider and completes the table of fundamental particles predicted in the standard model of particle physics.

But the standard model does not explain why the Higgs boson has the mass that is observed and any natural explanation predicts the existence of a partner of the top quark.

Ivanov is searching for this partner particle by analyzing data from the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

He also is collaborating with researchers at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, near Chicago. Fermilab’s computing center also receives data from the Large Hadron Collider, and Ivanov is narrowing down this data so he can analyze it at Kansas State University.

Ivanov’s project also will improve the performance of the Compact Muon Solenoid Pixel Detector system by upgrading the data acquisition readout for future high energy and high luminosity physics runs at the Large Hadron Collider.

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