Statement by MIPT Alumnus (01/2001)
The Physics Student, admitted to Rutgers

To discover new things and to set relations between phenomena is the main destination for a scientist. There is no boundary for discovery, whether one deals with subatomic phenomenon or the explanation of the origin of Universe. It is still a mystery if we have a right concept of nature surrounding us. For instance, it can still be questioned whether the Standard Model is valid or not.

From my parents’ point of view I have been a very bustling and curious girl in my childhood. A lot of toys and different devices were disassembled and destroyed to perceive a nature by a childish mind. The desire for knowledge of how nature operates accompanies me all the time. I have been seriously interested in physics since the high school. After reading “Elementary particles and symmetry” by Lewis H. Ryder and “Quantum electrodynamics” by R. Feynman I realized that the study of elementary particles is especially appealing to me. To extend my knowledge of physics I entered Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). I took several special high-energy physics courses there. I found “The theory of interaction with matter“ and “Elementary Particle Physics» to be the most exiting and useful for me. The theory inspired me for further deep study of this subject and made me familiar with the modern concepts of particle physics.

During my third year I started to attend lectures and to work as a research assistant at ITEP (Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics), specializing in elementary particles. At ITEP I have chosen a career of an experimentalist. Experiment on double beta decay attracted me because the search for the neutrino less double beta decay is very important. It gives the unique possibility to investigate many phenomena beyond the Standard Model. I began to work in group of Prof. A, that is trying to explain the possible nature of neutrino’s mass and prove the violation of lepton number conservation in weak interactions.

One of my tasks was to separate the detrimental data, such as muon cosmic radiation, from the useful one. When experiment was ready for taking data, I took part in preliminary tests of amplitude and time measurements using the cosmic trigger. Then I took characteristics of admixture contents of industrial methane. My current project is to investigate the main types of the background in the experiment. One of them is the “external” background, connected with external radiation flux: the photon can imitate two-beta events through the double Compton scattering in the Xe-target. Measured spectrum was used for Monte-Carlo simulation of two-electron background with vertex at the Xe volume. The results of this research were presented at the annual MIPT Scientific Conference. Soon these results will be published.

I am interested in elementary particles and I would like to study strong interactions. Physics Department at Yale participates in leading high-energy experiments in which I can completely realize my scientific interests. The Relativistic Heavy Ion Group, headed by John W. Harris, is of particular interest to me. I also would like to investigate the phase transition from ordinary nuclear matter to quark-gluon plasma.

I am sure that my curiosity and research skills will enable me to succeed in the greatly claiming program to become an experimentalist. Eventually, I deeply believe that the excellence of your program, along with my capabilities and motivation, will help me to attain my destination.
 

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