Evan Wolfe TeachingEvan is a Ph.D. student in Physics. His doctoral studies focus on searching for new physics beyond the Standard Model at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  Studying under Prof. Brad Cox, Evan will conduct analysis of the proton-proton collisions at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector when the LHC turns on again in 2015.

 

Background

Evan was born in Rowlesburg, a small rural town along the Cheat River in north-central West Virginia. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where he pole-vaulted and graduated with his B.A. in Political Science and History in 2008. He then attended WVU College of Law and pursued a path towards Public Advocacy. After his first year he realized that he wanted to pursue a discipline that was more objective, and began his current path into physics.

Evan then went back to undergraduate studies. Under Prof. Mikel Holcomb he studied condensed matter physics, specifically the interface between piezoelectric and ferromagnetic materials. He graduated magna cum laude from WVU with his B.S. in Physics in 2012.

Transduction in High-Energy Physics

Particle Physics uses transduction in proton-proton collisions at the LHC in too many ways to state. As particles collide at nearly the speed of light, amazingly complex interactions are measured with arrays of detectors that interact with the fundamental particles. These particles produce signals that are then recorded by the instrumentation and converted to electrical impulses that physicists use to reconstruct the physical processes that are occurring.

Regarding theory, the signals measured are then compared to predicted values to view how well they agree with our current theoretical framework of physics, either confirming our current understanding, or exposing faults and lacking in our knowledge.