Carnegie Mellon GlueX experiment makes a big step forward with the Department of Energy groundbreaking
A new $14 million experimental complex will house the GlueX experiment
On April 14, 2009, the official ground breaking for a $310,000,000 upgrade to the Jefferson Lab facility in Newport News Virginia took place. A key part of this project is a new experimental facility to help physicists understand why quarks are trapped inside the protons and neutrons that make up the nucleus of an atom. Carnegie Mellon physicist Curtis Meyer is the spokesperson of the Gluonic Excitations Experiment or GlueX and was on hand at Jefferson Lab for the groundbreaking.
During the next several years, members of the CMU medium energy physics group will be busy building a major portion of the GlueX experiment. Construction will take place in Wean Hall and will involve researchers at all levels from undergraduates to faculty as a well as technicians. In addition to the construction, CMU is also involved in developing the analysis tools to coax the signal out of the anticipated petabytes of data which will be collected by GlueX each year it runs. This analysis will involve large-scale parallel computing over very large data sets to identify signature distributions in the data.
In addition to the local activities at Carnegie Mellon, Meyer is also the spokesperson of the international collaboration that will build and operate the GlueX experiment.