Paul Karchin

Paul Karchin


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Physics Research Building

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Detroit, MI 48202

Paul Karchin


Physics and Astronomy

Paul Karchin is well known for his contributions to the development of high spatial resolution silicon charged particle detectors, muon detection systems, and measurement of the fundamental properties of charm particles. He has led Wayne State research teams working on the HERA-B experiment at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, the Collider Detector at Fermilab, muon detector R&D for the International Linear Collider, and most recently, the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland where he contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson. His current research is focused on the search for quark and gluon substructure and dark matter manifest in anomalous production of electrons and muons in high energy proton-proton collisions. In addition, he is part of the team upgrading the CMS forward muon detector using micro-pattern gas detectors. Karchin leads a group for the Snowmass 2021 future physics planning workshop studying the prospects for detection of dark photons and exotic Higgs particles using future high energy proton-proton colliders. He is currently a chair of publications for the CMS muon group and serves on the CMS Muon Institution Board and the CMS Collaboration Board. His research has been funded by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, Fermilab, and the Universities Research Association. He is an active reviewer for Physical Review Letters, and research proposals submitted to the Department of Energy. He recently served on the CERN review panel for the ATLAS muon detector.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • High Energy Experimental Particle Phyiscs


Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland


  • Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University
  • M.S., Physics, Cornell University
  • B.S. with Distinction, Electrical Enigineering, Cornell University

Awards and grants


    President, Academy of Scholars, Wayne State University, 2016-2017.
    Academy of Scholars Membership, WSU, elected 2013.
    Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, WSU, 2010.
    Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award, Wayne State University, 2010.
    Richard J. Barber Faculty Award, Department of Physics and Astronomy, WSU, 2010.
    Faculty Mentor Awards, WSU, 2002, 1997, 1996.
    Senior Faculty Fellow, Yale University, 1992-1993.
    Outstanding Junior Investigator, United States Department of Energy, 1989-1995.
    Junior Faculty Fellow, Yale University, 1989-1990.
    Horace Taft Endowed Chair, Yale University, inaugural appointee, 1988.


    U.S. Department of Energy
    U.S. National Science Foundation
    Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    Universities Research Association


    Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (Faculty Competition)
    Graduate Research Assistant Award (Faculty Competition)

Selected publications

1. A.M. Sirunyan et al. (CMS Collaboration), "Search for contact interactions and large extra dimensions in the dilepton mass spectra from pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 13 TeV," JHEP 04 (2019) 114.
2. D. Abbaneo et al., "Layout and assembly technique of the GEM chambers for the upgrade of the CMS first muon endcap station, "Nucl. Inst. Meth. A, Vol. 918, 21 February 2019, Pages 67-75.
3. A.M. Sirunyan et al., "Performance of the CMS muon detector and muon reconstruction with proton-proton collisions at s=13 TeV," JINST, Vol. 13, June 2018.
4. V. Khachatryan et al. [CMS Collaboration], "CMS Technical Design Report for the Muon Endcap GEM Upgrade," CERN-LHCC-2015-012; CMS-TDR-013 (2015), 212 p.
5. V. Khachatryan et al. [CMS Collaboration], "Search for physics beyond the standard model in dilepton mass spectra in proton-proton collisions at sqrt s = 8 TeV," JHEP 1504 (2015) 025.
6. V. Khachatryan et al. [CMS Collaboration], "Technical Proposal for the Phase-II Upgrade of the CMS Detector," CERN-LHCC-2015-010; LHCC-P-008; CMS-TDR-15-02 (2015), 469 p.
7. S. Chatrchyan et al. [CMS Collaboration], "Search for contact interactions in mu+ mu-  events in pp collisions at sqrt s = 7 TeV," Phys. Rev. D 87, 032001 (2013).
8. P. Karchin, "Performance of a Large-Area Triple-GEM Detector in a Particle Beam," Physics Procedia (2012), pp. 561-566.
9. P. Karchin, "A Scintillator Based Muon Detector for the Linear Collider," in proceedings of the Meeting of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society, University of California, Riverside, August, 2004, International Journal of Modern Physics A, World Scientic Publishing Company.
10. M. Buchler et al., "Design and Operation of Front-End Electronics for the HERA-B Muon Detector", IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 46 (1999) 126.

Currently teaching

  • Physics 2130, "Physics for the Life Sciences I," Winter term, 2021

Courses taught

Astronomy 2010, Descriptive Astronomy, F17
Astronomy 4300, Planetary Astronomy and Space Science, W15, W16, W18
Physics 1001, Perspectives in Physics, Biomedical Physics, and Astronomy, F15
Physics 3100, Sounds of Music, (lec/lab) F15, F19, F20
Physics 5990, Directed Study, W18, W19
Physics 6610, Electromagnetic Fields II, W19
Physics 6600, Electromagnetic Fields I, F18
Physics 6400, Quantum Mechanics I, W17
Physics 7990, Directed Study, W15, S18, F17, W18, W19
Physics 7996, Research in Physics, W15, F15, W16, F16, F17, F18, W19
Physics 9991/9992/9993/9995/9996, Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction, F15, W16, F16, W17, F17, W18