Texas Tech University

Richard Wigmans, Ph.D

J.F. Bucy Chair Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Email: Richard.Wigmans@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6283

Office: 114 Science Building

Holder of the J. Fred Bucy and Odetta Greer Bucy Chair in Particle Physics

Ph.D. Physics: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1975)

M.S. Physics, Mathematics and Economics: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1971)

B.S. Physics, Mathematics and Astrononomy: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1968)

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Research Interests

In 1992, I founded the Particle Physics Group at TTU. This group, which currently consists of 4 faculty members, is primarily active at CERN, in the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Calorimeter. Our group also leads an active, multinational detector R&D project, called DREAM, of which I am the spokesperson. Both projects are supported by research grants from the US Department of Energy.

My personal research interests include the boundary areas between particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, and in particular the role of relic neutrinos, remnants of the early stages of the Big Bang, in observable phenomena, such as high-energy cosmic rays.

I am also considered the world's foremost expert on calorimetry, the detector technique of choice in many modern (astro)particle physics experiments. I am the author of the standard text on this topic.

Selected Publications

  • R. Wigmans, "The DREAM Project - Results and plans", Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A572 (2007) 215 - 217.
  • N. Akchurin and R. Wigmans, "Quartz Fibers as Active Elements in Detectors for Particle Physics", Rev. Sci. Instr. {\bf 74} (2003) 2955 - 2972.
  • R. Wigmans, "PeV Cosmic Rays: A Window on the Leptonic Era?", Astroparticle Physics 19/3 (2003) 379 - 392.
  • R. Wigmans, "Calorimetry - Energy Measurement in Particle Physics", International Series of Monographs on Physics, volume 107 (737 pages), Oxford University Press, September 2000.