The European Physical Society has announced that the CDF (Collider Detector at Fermilab) and DZero collaborations have been awarded the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize for “the discovery of the top quark and the detailed measurement of its properties”.
Scientists at IFAE were members of the CDF experiment (M. Cavalli-Sforza, M. Martinez, and S. Grinstein) and the DZero experiment (A. Juste) with important responsibilities in terms of detector operations and physics analysis. As a member institution of the CDF experiment, IFAE took on major responsibilities in the quality control of the data collected by the experiment.
Among a long list of management positions, M. Martinez acted as the Quantum ChromoDynamics/Standard Model Convener and Data Quality Convener and S. Grinstein was CDF Silicon Detector Sub-Project Leader and Head of CDF detector operations. Other postdoctoral members of the CDF group were responsible for detector operations and the coordination of the Top Quark/SUSY and Exotic Physics analysis groups.
In the DZero experiment, A. Juste played a leading role in the design and commissioning of the silicon microstrip tracker and was Physics Coordinator and Convener of the Top Physics and Jet Energy Scale working groups during Run 2 of the Tevatron, when progress was made in the precision measurements of the top quark.
More information can be found on the IFAE website.
The prize will be formally awarded at the European Physical Society Conference on July 15 in Ghent.
Congratulations to IFAE and all researchers involved in these world-class collaborations!