Professor of Experimental High Energy Physics
Colorado State University
Robert Wilson is a professor in the College of Natural Sciences, Physics, at Colorado State University. There he helped establish a new research group conducting experiments carried out underground. As he explains, “the Tokai-to-Kamoika long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment produces an intense neutrino beam in a facility on the east coast of Japan and studies the beam with a 50-kton detector, 1,000 metre underground and 295 kilometre away.”
He was regional leader of the Henderson, Colorado bid to host a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory. He later joined the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment collaboration that had selected Homestake, South Dakota as the location of the massive underground detector for the experiment.
His area of expertise is experimental high-energy physics. His past work has used high-energy electron-positron annihilation to try to understand the fundamental forces of nature.
Wilson has received research funding from the US Department of Energy, and has contributed to more than 500 scientific and technical publications. He is currently working with Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia to bring the world’s largest liquid argon detector from Europe to the US to provide the far detector in the Fermilab Short-Baseline Neutrino program.
Wilson earned his bachelor of science degree at the University of London, and his master of science and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He received postdoctoral training at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and held a faculty appointment at Boston University before joining Colorado State University.