Narain is co-leading the effort to establish the vision and studies for physics and the upgrade of the CMS detector for the High Luminosity upgrade of the LHC in 2023. In 2013, Narain led many of the studies which formed the basis of the snowmass 2013 community study report as input to the P5 committee defining the priorities of US particle physics projects. Narain is engaged in R&D towards the construction of the tracking detector, made from silicon sensors, which forms the innermost part of the CMS experiment. This detector provides a precise measurement of the momentum of the charged particles produced in the collision. Her lab is one of the sites selected for the construction of silicon strip tracker for CMS operations at HL-LHC. Media coverage of her role at the LHC in finding the Higgs Boson can be obtained on request.
Narain’s research impacts society on many levels. Addressing questions at the microscopic scale and beyond has always required innovation. The CMS experiment is extremely demanding in terms of equipment design, and generates novel technical approaches which ultimately benefit society. On a more practical level, research in particle physics drives technology to the edge and many of its spinoffs are commonplace today – to name a few clichés… such as accelerators for cancer therapy and the www protocol. The diverse technological and analytical training spanning engineering, mathematics, computing and electronics obtained in an international and collaborative environment is much sought after in many commercial sectors. The efforts of the LHC experiments in distributed computing link Grid computing with cloud computing, an invaluable tool for big data analysis.
Narain has been involved in outreach to promote science education at all levels. She continues to invest her time to mentor the educators and establish resources to establish opportunities for young scientists in rural India, specifically in UP, with the aim of promoting a world class culture of scientific research in colleges.
Discovery of the Higgs Boson (in 2012):
Will Scientists annouce discovery of a Higgs Boson
Brown physicists celebrate apparent Higgs discovery
Brown Physicists Celebrate Role in Particle Discovery [& BDH article]
Higgs Boson Nobel Prize Reactions
Higgs Boson (IBTL)
View Prof. Narain on TEDxMosesBrown "Lives That Speak" Event
My Journey to the Early Universe
View Prof. Narain on Nova's ScienceNow Magazine:
The Big Deal
A short clip
Discovery of the top quark in March 1995
Observation of the Top Quark
Observation of the production of the single top quarks via the electroweak mechanism, March 2009:
Single Top Quark and Brown University