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

  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Constraints on the Origin of Cosmic Rays Above 10^18 Ev From Large Scale Anisotropy Searches in Data of the Pierre Auger Observatory", Astrophysical Journal Letters. 762, L13, (2013).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "The Interpretation of the Depths of Shower Maximum of Extensive Air Showers Measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. 02, 026, (2013).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "A Search for Anisotropy in The Arrival Directions of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays Recorded at The Pierre Auger Observatory", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle. 04, 040, (2012).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "A Search for Point Sources of EeV Neutrons", Astrophysical Journal. 760, 148, (2012).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Description of Atmospheric Conditions at the Pierre Auger Observatory Using the Global Data Assimilation System (GDAS)", Astroparticle Physics. 35, 591-607, (2012).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Large Scale Distribution of Arrival Directions of Cosmic Rays Detected Above 10^18 Ev at The Pierre Auger Observatory", Astrophysical Journal Supplement. 203, 34, (2012).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Measurement of the Proton-air Cross-section at sqrt(s) = 57 TeV with the Pierre Auger Observatory", Physical Review Letter. 109, 062002, (2012).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Results of A Self-Triggered Prototype System at The Pierre Auger Observatory for Radio-Detection of Air Showers Induced by Cosmic Rays", Journal of Instrumentation. 7, P11023, (2012).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Search for Point-Like Sources of Ultra-High Energy Neutrinos at The Pierre Auger Observatory and Improved Limit on the Diffuse Flux of Tau Neutrinos", Astrophysical Journal Letters. 755 L4, (2012).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "Search for Signatures of Magnetically-Induced Alignment in the Arrival Directions Measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory", Astroparticle Physics. 35, 354, (2012).
  • Fick, B. E., Pierre Auger Collaboration, "The Rapid Atmospheric Monitoring System of the Pierre Auger Observatory", Journal of Instrumentation. 7 P09001, (2012).