March 19, 2004  


Lüth Appointed to SLAC Faculty

By Davide Castelvecchi

Vera Lüth (EC), a key member of the SLAC staff for the better part of the last 30 years, has been appointed a full professor of research at SLAC.

New faculty member Vera Luth. (Photo by Diana Rogers)

Lüth first came to SLAC as a post-doc in 1974. She had earned her D.Sc. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, for work she did at CERN under Jack Steinberger’s guidance. At SLAC she joined Burton Richter’s research group and took part in the Mark I and Mark II experiments, first at the SPEAR and PEP storage rings and later at the SLC. Inspired by experience gained during a sabbatical leave at CERN in 1984-85, she participated in the design and construction of the first silicon vertex detector for a colliding beam machine, an addition to the Mark II detector at the SLC.

In 1992 Lüth joined the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Dallas, Texas, where she was responsible for planning the experimental program and for build-up of the research staff. After Congress decided to terminate the SSC in 1993, Lüth returned to SLAC the following year, joining the newly established BABAR Collaboration. A year later she was appointed Technical Coordinator. In this role she coordinated the large international collaboration for the design and construction of the BABAR detector.

Over the years, Lüth has served on advisory committees at several laboratories and universities, more recently on the DOE/NSF High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, and on the Large Facilities Panel of the German Wissenschaftsrat, a committee that advised the German government of their country’s top science priorities.

Throughout her career, Lüth’s main interest has been the study of weak interactions. Her thesis was on charge-parity violation in neutral K decays. At SLAC she was one of the lead authors of the measurements of the (3095) and (3695) resonance properties and the first observation of certain decay modes of charm mesons.

Recently, her research with BABAR has focused on the understanding of semileptonic B meson decays and on testing the Standard Model of particle physics.


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