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Phil Gutierrez

Phil Gutierrez

Department Chair

A photo of Phil Gutierrez.



Office: NH 110

Phone: (405) 325-8020




B.S. University of California-Riverside (1976)

Ph.D. University of California-Riverside (1983)


Over the past 40 plus years, I have carried out research in experimental high energy physics. The research has been performed at two of the premier high energy physics laboratories in the world, Fermilab near Chicago and the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. Currently I am a member of the ATLAS collaboration,one of four research groups that use the Cern Large Hadron Collider, currently the world's highest energy particle collider. The goal of the research is to study all aspects of proton-proton collisions. This includes studying particles that are produced in these collisions, such as the top-quark and Higgs Boson, and refining previous measurements to set limits on how well the standard model (SM) of particle physics agrees with data. These measurements will ultimately lead to understanding of how the universe at its most fundamental level allowing us to answer such questions as the origin of mass and the asymmetry between matter and anti-matter in the universe, the origins of the universe and its evolution.

My research focus has been on the electroweak sector of the SM. This is the sector of the SM that unifies electromagnetism to the weak nuclear force through the Higgs mechanism and provides an explanation of why particles have mass and a mechanism for why there should be a matter anti-matter asymmetry in the universe. The theory is not complete and the underlying physics is not yet known. I have made measurement of top quark properties, precision measurement of electroweak interactions, and searches for phenomena predicted by extensions to the SM.

I have also worked on detector R&D;. This includes the development of drift chambers, liquid argon calorimeters, silicon strip and pixel detectors. Currently I am participating in the development of an updated silicon pixel for the ATLAS detector to be able to handle the higher collision rates of the upgrade LHC (HL-LHC). The detector is scheduled to be installed in 2025 and will become operation in 2027 when the HL-LHC starts producing collisions.