Regis University professor receives international award, collaborates on ground-breaking research

Hannah BreeceOctober 02, 2013

(DENVER) -- The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has awarded Regis University associate professor Frederick Gray 8450 Swiss Francs (about $9,000 US) to fund a visit to the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) to conduct experiments on the muon, one of the 17 subatomic particles identified by the Standard Model.

Gray, who for the past year has worked as an associate professor in the Regis College Department of Physics and Computational Science, will work alongside other scientists at PSI from Sept. 2-15 and again from mid-October through December.  Regis College --one of three colleges at Regis University -- is the residential, liberal-arts college for traditional-aged students at Regis University. 

Gray has been working on measurements of the muon lifetime and muon capture rates for more than a decade at PSI.  The SNSF grant will allow him to better collaborate with scientists at PSI and to connect with new experimental groups.  Gray explained that he will be “working on a project related to a proposed upgrade of the Mu to E Gamma (MEG) experiment.”  The findings of MEG would be connected to the reason that the universe is filled with matter instead of antimatter, and it would help scientists to understand the formation and growth of the universe.

Gray arrived at Regis University as an assistant professor in August 2007 and was promoted to associate professor in July 2012.  He earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His dissertation is titled “A measurement of the anomalous magnetic moment of the positive muon with a precision of 0.7 parts per million.”

Gray manages a grant from the National Science Foundation to work on precision measurements in muon physics with Regis University students.

The SNSF offers a wide range of research funding schemes which are open to scientists and academics of any nationality working in Switzerland. With few exceptions (mainly research programs), the topics and scope of the research can be defined by the researchers themselves.

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