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Rick Van Kooten

Rick Van Kooten
Interim Vice Provost for Research
Indiana University Bloomington

Phone: (812) 855-3931
rvankoot[at]indiana [dot] edu

Rick Van Kooten is a professor of elementary particle physics (experimental) in the Department of Physics at IU Bloomington. He received his B.S. from the University of Toronto in 1984 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1990. He has held postdoctoral positions as a CERN Associate Scientist and DESY Research Scientist. Van Kooten's primary research interests concentrate on the study of particles containing b quarks and searches for new particles not described by the current Standard Model, such as those predicted by Supersymmetry and the "missing link" of the Standard Model: the Higgs boson. He has pursued these studies at the highest energy electron-positron colliders in the world and is continuing these studies at the energy frontier of hadronic colliders. He is also participating in planning for experimentation at the next generation of linear electron-positron colliders. Van Kooten currently works on the D0 Collaboration, a large international group of physicists collecting data from proton-antiproton collisions at center-of-mass energies of 2 TeV, for a while longer, highest collision energy in the world, with the D0 Upgrade Detector at the Fermi National Laboratory outside of Chicago. Specifically, his research group is involved in the scintillating fiber tracker and studies of b hadron physics such as B_s oscillations, B_s CP-violating phase, and new b baryons. Van Kooten also works on the ATLAS Collaboration collecting data from proton-proton collisions at center-of-mass energies of up to 14 TeV. The ATLAS detector is located on the Large Hadron Collider at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. His group is involved in the barrel transition radiation tracker, the high-level trigger, possible SuperLHC upgrades, and searching for new particles. More details on Van Kooten's research interests can be found on the web (