Steven M Errede
The Collider Detector at Fermilab
Professor Errede's major research activity since joining the Physics Department faculty at the UI has been working in a collaborative effort on the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF). This detector is a large, multi-purpose experiment designed to study a broad panorama of elementary particle physics processes that occur in 1.8 TeV proton-antiproton collisions. Next June, CDF will begin another one-year-long data taking run, along with its new competitor, the D0 experiment. Many significant improvements and upgrades to the CDF detector and the Tevatron accelerator have been made since the '88-89 collider run. A major effort on the part of all CDF collaborators is needed in order to make this run as successful as the last one.
The team's expectations for the upcoming collider run are to obtain a very significant increase in the amount of data relative to the previous run. The analysis of data taken during the upcoming run is expected to provide an enhanced understanding of various aspects of the strong and electro-weak interactions at the world's highest energies. CDF has an opportunity to discover the Top quark in the upcoming run, provided the detector is run as efficiently and effectively as possible during this period.