Brian E. Fick

Brian E. Fick

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Professor, Physics

  • PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Description

Where do the highest energy cosmic rays come from? Why do nanoscopic particles have such macroscopic energies? What kind of astrophysical or cosmological process can accelerate or create such particles? The phenomenon of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays is the single largest departure from thermal equilibrium of anything anyone has ever seen in the universe.

Researchers at Michigan Tech are finding answers to these questions using the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory. The group at Tech is responsible for the Auger surface detector trigger electronics, atmospheric monitoring equipment, and hybrid reconstruction software. We are also heavily involved in analyzing the incoming data.

Specialties

  • Experimental Astro-Particle Physics

Recent Publications

  • Full list of publications at https://www.auger.org/index.php/science/journal-articles Read More
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration, “Prototype muon detectors for the AMIGA component of the Pierre Auger Observatory", JINST 11 (2016) P02012 doi:10.1088/1748-0221/11/02/P02012
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Nanosecond-level time synchronization of autonomous radio detector stations using a reference beacon and commercial airplanes", JINST 11 (2016) P01018 doi:10.1088/1748-0221/11/01/P01018 arXiv:1512.02216
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration, Telescope Array Collaboration, IceCube Collaboration, "Search for correlations between the arrival directions of IceCube neutrino events and ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory and the Telescope Array", JCAP 01 (2016) 037 doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2016/01/037 arXiv:1511.09408
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration , "Measurement of the cosmic ray spectrum above 4×10^18 eV using inclined events detected with the Pierre Auger Observatory", JCAP 08 (2015) 049 doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2015/08/049 arXiv:1503.07786
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration, "The Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory", NIM A 798 (2015) 172-213 doi:10.1016/j.nima.2015.06.058 arXiv:1502.01323
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration , "An improved limit to the diffuse flux of ultra-high energy neutrinos from the Pierre Auger Observatory", Phys. Rev. D 91, 092008 (2015) doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.91.092008 arXiv:1504.05397
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Searches for Anisotropies in the Arrival Directions of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays Detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory", ApJ 804, 15 (2015) doi:10.1088/0004-637X/804/1/15 arXiv:1411.6111
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration , "Large scale distribution of ultra-high energy cosmic rays detected at the Pierre Auger Observatory with zenith angles up to 80 degrees", ApJ 802, 111 (2015) doi:10.1088/0004-637X/802/2/111 arXiv:1411.6953
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration , "Muons in air showers at the Pierre Auger Observatory: mean number in highly inclined events", Physical Review D 91, 032003 (2015); ERRATA: Phys. Rev. D 91, 059901 (2015) doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.91.032003 arXiv:1408.1421
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration , "Search for patterns by combining cosmic-ray energy and arrival directions at the Pierre Auger Observatory”, Eur. Phys. J. C (2015) 75:269 doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3471-0 arXiv:1410.0515