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., The Pierre Auger Collaboration “Energy Estimation of Cosmic Rays with the Engineering Radio Array of the Pierre Auger Observatory”, Phys. Rev. D 93, 122005 (2016)
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration, “Measurement of the Radiation Energy in the Radio Signal of Extensive Air Showers as a Universal Estimator of Cosmic-Ray Energy”, PRL 116, 241101 (2016)
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration, “Azimuthal asymmetry in the risetime of the Surface Detector signals of the Pierre Auger Observatory”, Phys. Rev. D 93, 072006 (2016)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fick, B. E., The Pierre Auger Collaboration, “The Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory”, NIM A 798 (2015) 172-213
  • 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)
  • 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)