COSM is a National Science Foundation Physics Frontier
Center in particle and nuclear physics. The Center is a
partnership between Hampton University, Norfolk State
University, and North Carolina A&T State
Progress for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
The Large Hadron Collider is now operating at 7 TeV.
The ATLAS detector had been operating with cosmic rays and
lower energy beams from the LHC, so was ready for this new energy, the highest achieved
in the world. First results have already been published and presented at conferences.
See ATLAS Live for up-to-date information.
The Center's areas of activity are:
The energy frontier in particle physics with the
ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC, where an
unprecedented energy of 14 TeV (seven times higher
than that at any existing laboratory) will open a new
window to exciting discoveries about the nature of
space, time, and matter.
The precision frontier in intermediate-energy
nuclear and particle physics, currently with the
Primex and HKS experiments, using the unmatched
precision of the machines at Jefferson Lab.
Using state-of-the-art computing techniques in
support of research, including grid computing
For education and outreach, the Center's approach
is that doing forefront science will attract capable
minority students to a career in science. The Center
allows students at HBCUs to see science being done,
and encourages them to become involved. At the
high-school level, the QuarkNet program achieves the
COSM also supports a variety of other outreach efforts,
Virtual QuarkNet Center and LHC online and the
U.S. version of the EPPOG Masterclass.
Center Director: Prof. Kenneth W. McFarlane,
Physics Department, Hampton University