Andrew White, co-director of the
Center for High Energy Physics at UT Arlington, has been named a fellow of the
American Physical Society, an honor given to just one half of one percent of
that group’s 48,000 members.
White joined The University of
Texas at Arlington College of Science as a physics
professor in 1991. Since then, he has taken part in groundbreaking research on
the fundamental nature of matter at the DZero Experiment at the Fermi National
Accelerator Laboratory or Fermilab in Illinois. In 1995, he was part of a team
that discovered the top quark, one of the fundamental elements of the physics
More recently, White has worked
on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva,
Switzerland, searching for evidence of new physics and particles such as the
Higgs boson. Physicists believe interaction with the
Higgs boson gives particles in the universe their mass. White also is developing
a detector concept for a planned International Linear Collider, a possible next
step in collider technology.
White said he is grateful for
the recognition from his colleagues and for the opportunity to work in a
science where each exciting discovery yields more questions to explore.
“I was very lucky career-wise
because I knew from the age of 11 or 12 that I wanted to be a particle
physicist, probably because it was the most difficult thing I’d ever come
across,” said White. “This is a really great job and an incredible time to be
in this field.”
The APS citation recognizes
White “for his leadership role in experimental particle physics, including
invention of the DZero Experiment Intercryostat Detector, searches for new
phenomena at DZero, and contributions to national and international
The DZero Experiment
Intercryostat Detector is a liquid Argon calorimeter, or energy measurement
device, that White and his colleagues conceived of and constructed. It was an
essential addition to the original DZero design and gave scientists better
measurements of the proton-antiproton collisions going on there.
named a fellow in a professional society is a distinct honor awarded to very
few. Dr. White is joining an elite group from around the world,” said Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT
Arlington College of Science. “His selection by his colleagues in the
field show the high regard they have for him and his
contributions. He will continue to pioneer great research and we are
proud to have him at UT Arlington."
White will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the American
Physical Society’s Division of Particles and Fields, the division that
nominated him to become a fellow.
In addition to his work at CERN
and Fermilab, White is chairman of the Physics Research Committee at the DESY
accelerator research center in Hamburg, Germany. He also was recently appointed
to the detector review committee of the European Committee for Future
White is one of the outstanding
scientists and educators at The University of Texas at Arlington, a
comprehensive research institution of 33,439 students in the heart of North
Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
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