December 14, 1999

 

 

To: Professors Robert Carey and David Hertzog

From: Professor Kevin Giovanetti

Subject: Commitment to the MuLan Project

The James Madison University Nuclear physics group consists of a small team of undergraduate students and myself. We have been actively involved in research at Jefferson lab for over ten years. I am a member in good standing in the CLAS collaboration and plan to continue a high level of activity with a strong focus on the development of instrumentation for the CLAS detector. The JMU group is responsible for the laser calibration system for the forward calorimeter and we are currently working on readout, calibration and monitoring for prototypes for CLAS upgrades. This work could easily be broadened to include the development of a calibration system for the MuLan detectors. I see this dual development as an efficient way to build on past experience and contribute to two outstanding efforts.

I have worked on the problem of measuring the muon lifetime and I consider the proposed new measurement with the MuLan detector system to be a well designed experiment which will considerably extend our knowledge of the muon lifetime and therefore greatly improve our understanding of the weak coupling strength. I consider the technical challenges to be surmountable and I am looking forward to contributing my experience and efforts toward a successful measurement.

I have a good track record for involving undergraduates in research. The problems related to the design and construction of detector hardware have proved an ideal challenge for JMU undergraduates. The work underscores what they are learning in the classroom. It also broadens their education substantially. I expect to have several undergraduates involved part time during the semester and I plan to escalate the involvement to two or more full time undergraduates during the summer months. This is an intense period of research for the students with adequate time to explore and develop ideas.

I see this as an opportunity to participate in an important measurement while increasing my productivity by simultaneously working on overlapping problems in detector design and construction. I see the scope of the JMU participation to be ideal for undergraduate involvement and very complementary to the work I am already undertaking.