Darin Acosta

Research Program & Teaching

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I am a Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Rice University. My research program is in experimental particle physics, currently focused on the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider as well on future collider facilities.


Research Projects

Recent publications

  1. A. Hayrapetyan et al. (CMS Collaboration), “Development of the CMS detector for the CERN LHC Run 3”, accepted by the Journal of Instrumentation, arXiv:2309.05466 (2023)
  2. D. Acosta, A. Deiana, W. Ketchum, “Snowmass Topical Group Summary Report: IF04 – Trigger and Data Acquisition Systems”, arXiv:2209.03794 (2022)
  3. D. Acosta, E. Barberis, N. Hurley, W. Li, O. Miguel Colin, D. Wood, X. Zuo, “The Potential of a TeV-Scale Muon-Ion Collider”, Journal of Instrumentation, 18, P09025 (2023), arXiv:2203.06258 (2022)
  4. D. Acosta and W. Li, “A Muon-Ion Collider at BNL: the future QCD frontier and path to a new energy frontier of muon-antimuon colliders”, Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research A 1027 (2022) 166334
  5. A.M. Sirunyan et al. (CMS Collaboration), “Evidence for Higgs boson decay to a pair of muons”, J. High Energy Phys. 01 (2021) 148
  6. A.M. Sirunyan et al. (CMS Collaboration), “Performance of the CMS Level-1 trigger in proton-proton collisions at √s = 13 TeV”, Journal of Instrumentation, 15, P10017 (2020)
  7. A.M. Sirunyan et al. (CMS Collaboration), “The Phase-2 Upgrade of the CMS Level-1 Trigger”, CERN-LHCC-2020-004; CMS-TDR-021

Physics Lectures

  1. Introductory lectures on Einstein’s theories of relativity
  2. Introductory lectures on particle physics
  3. Colloquium slides: “Ordering Muons off the Collider Menu for Measurement & Discovery”
  4. List of physics demos for teaching at Rice

Instrumentation Lectures

  1. Overview of Trigger and Data Acquisition systems
  2. CMS Endcap Muon Trigger System Overview

Broader Activities & Outreach