The research of Burchat's group in these experiments included pioneering studies of the neutral carrrier of the weak interaction (the Z0), searches for heavy neutral leptons, precision studies of semileptonic decays of charm mesons, searches for and discovery of charm mixing, and detailed studies of differences in the way matter and antimatter evolve in time (CP violation in B meson decays). Burchat grew up in a very large family in a very small town in Canada.
She is passionate about teaching and instilling enthusiasm for science in her students.
She studies the Universe at both the smallest and the largest scales, using accelerators to probe the elementary particles and the fundamental interactions, and telescopes to investigate the cosmological evolution of the Universe. Burchat is a member of an international collaboration developing a telescope that will provide the most complete census of the Universe to date -- the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
The LSST design corresponds to an 8.4-meter ground-based telescope with a 10-square-degree field of view that will survey the Universe with an unprecedented combination of breadth (coverage of the entire night-sky approximately every three nights) and depth (sensitivity to matter densities up to seven billion light-years away).
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Phil absolutely loved being outdoors and we shared stories about our favorite hiking trails.
Professor Burchat's research interests focus on fundamental questions in physics: What is the Universe made of?
What are the laws of physics that govern the constituents of the Universe?The baseline design for the LSST camera is a 3.2 Gigapixel CCD array, which will be read out in approximately 2 seconds, every 15 seconds, generating tens of terabytes of data each night.The telescope will be located on Cerro Pachon, an 8,800-foot mountain peak in northern Chile.On this holy night God offers us these gifts and a new possibility that could change how we live every day.It might be hard for us to understand today but these stories convey a strong political message.The telescope is scheduled to see “first light” around 2019. Burchat's group works within the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration to prepare to fully optimize the use of the gravitational bending of light by "dark matter" to study the evolution of "dark energy" -- shedding light on the identity of these components that make up the majority of the energy density of the Universe.