One evening,a husband and wife are working in their garden. While watering the grass, the wife holds the hose horizontally and the water flows from the end of the hose. She twists the nozzle of the hose to partially close it and suddenly the water shoots farther from the end of the hose. This seems odd to her husband, who wonders, "Why does the stream of water travel farther, since it appears that less water is flowing from the end of the hose?" My challenge is to give a scientific explanation for this unnatural phenomenom.
Kevin T. Pitts is a high energy experimentalist who has made seminal contributions to the measurement and understanding of CP violation in bottom quark decays . He received a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Anderson University (1987) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Oregon (1989 and 1994, respectively). After working as a research associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the Collider Detector Facility (CDF) experiments, Professor Pitts joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1999.
Professor Pitts continues to work on the CDF experiment at Fermilab. He leads the Illinois group responsible for the construction, installation, integration, and operation of the very-high-speed digital trigger (XTRP), a central component of the CDF trigger system. Professor Pitts is also co-leader of the CDF Bottom Physics working group (link: http://www-cdf.fnal.gov/physics/new/bottom/bottom.html) He was the overall project manager for the electronics for the CDF central outer tracking chamber (COT), which included coordinating design and development of the front-end electronics and trigger and the integration of data acquisition.
An engaging and gifted teacher, Professor Pitts has already received high marks for his introductory Physics lectures.
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