York's dynamic duo of Physics score $1 million+ DoE Grant
Dr. James Popp and Dr. Kevin Lynch have secured another grant support from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue their work on the Muon-to-Electron Conversion Experiment (Mu2e) currently under construction at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL.
"We have been awarded, on June 1st, $1,080,000.00 over three years to expand and continue our construction and engineering design efforts for our Collaboration with Mu2e, said Professors Popp in a statement. "The Mu2e experiment is the search for a rare and as-yet unseen decay of a muon directly into an electron and no other particles; this process can only occur in the field of an atomic nucleus, thus conserving energy and momentum. Mu2e will probe for this decay with a sensitivity 10,000 greater than ever before; Mu2e accomplishes this by building a completely novel low-energy muon beamline.”
Popp added that the “importance of this decay process cannot be understated. Such a discovery or negative observation of this process will change our view of the Standard Model of elementary particle physics forever. In other words, our modern view of cosmology will be changed permanently."
Drs. Popp and Lynch are founding members of this experiment; it’s design and construction costs are about a third of a billion dollars. The collaboration involves scientists, engineers, postdocs, and graduate students from all over the world.
"...This Collaboration is small in comparison to most high energy physics projects currently in operation or in the design stage: 231 Collaborators," they say. "Such an experiment opens up many opportunities for undergrads, grad students and postdocs to play a major role in this very important endeavor. The experimental high energy physics group here at York College (the only fully funded HEP labs at CUNY) is proud to have two graduate students, and at least five undergraduates working with us on this project."
The duo say their labs "are already a beehive of activity. In addition, we will soon be adding a new postdoc to our group. This is all a part of expanding leading edge research opportunities for students at York and the University."
Kevin Lynch (left) and James Popp
The newly constructed experimental hall, only half of which is visible. The Mu2e Collaboration expects to begin taking data in 2023