Bob Wilson is a professor in the Department of Physics. His research area is high-energy physics (also referred to as elementary particle physics), which has the goal of understanding the fundamental forces and constituents of the universe, from its genesis to present day. His current focus is neutrino physics. Wilson has contributed to the design, construction, operation and analysis of several large-scale multi-national experiments, including the SLD experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) that used the first linear electron-positron collider to study the properties of the Z0 weak boson and the BaBar Collaboration at SLAC, including the design and construction of the first Detector of Internally Reflected Cherenkov light used in the measurement of Charged-Parity violation in B meson decays.
Wilson is currently contributing to three international projects: (1) the Tokai-to-Kamioka long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment collaboration that produces an intense neutrino beam in a facility on the east coast of Japan and studies the beam 295 kilometers away with a 50-kton detector constructed 1,000 meters underground; (2) the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment collaboration of more than 1,000 physicists and engineers from 31 countries who are designing the next-generation neutrino oscillation experiment that will also search for proton decay and be sensitive to neutrinos produced in supernovae as far away as the center of the galaxy (he works on the novel photon detection system and is chair of the 176-member Institutional Board); (3) the design and construction of the Cosmic Ray Tracker for the Short-Baseline Neutrino (SBN) program far detector and coordinates the U.S. groups in the ICARUS collaboration, led by Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia, who will install and operate a 760-ton liquid argon time-projection chamber for the detection of neutrinos at SBN.
Wilson earned his B.Sc. in mathematics and physics from the University of London in 1977, and his M.S. in physics and Ph.D. in high-energy physics from Purdue University in 1979 and 1983, respectively. He performed his thesis research and received post-doctoral training at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He has been a professor in the physics department at CSU since 1992 and has taught more than 2,000 students.