Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Professor James Wiss received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977, after receiving a B.S. in physics from the University of Illinois in 1971. He joined the physics faculty at Illinois in 1979 as a visiting research assistant professor, and rose rapidly through the ranks, becoming a full professor in 1988.
Professor Wiss currently leads the Illinois group collaborating on the FOCUS experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Facility. FOCUS is a heavy-flavor photoproduction experiment located in the Wide Band Area of Fermilab . It is an upgraded version of its predecessor, E687 . The experiment accumulated data during the 1996-1997 fixed target run and has fully reconstructed more than one million charm particles using the 'golden mode' decays, D0 → K- π+, D0 → K- π+ π- π+, and D+ → K- π+ π+.
Another active research area is the development of a prototype muon detector for the BTEV experiment at Fermilab. BTEV is designed to study the origin of CP violation in B Meson decays.