Utah High Energy Astrophysics Institute
The University of Utah has a long standing tradition of excellence in cosmic ray research, extending back to the Park City mine experiments of the late 1960's under the late Prof. Jack Keufel. This observatory search for astrophysical sources of high energy neutrinos as well as phenomenological aspects of cosmic ray physics.
Since this experiment, the University of Utah has hosted numerous experimental astrophysics programs, including the Fly's Eye/Fly's Eye 2 Experiment (1976-1992), the Utah UHE surface array (1986-1990), and the CASA/MIA, DICE, BLANCA experiments (1987-1996). Since 1990 , Utah faculty have been involved with the design, construction, and operation of a series of next-generation instruments, including the High Resolution Fly's Eye Experiment, The Auger Project, the VERITAS gamm ray observatory, the Milagro gamma ray observatory, the MAGPIE balloon experiment, and the CGRO, AMS, and GLAST satellite experiments. At the same time, the theoretical physics effort at the University of Utah has also greatly expanded into aspects of cosmology, galaxy formation, modeling of subnuclear processes in the early universe (quark-gluon plasma) and general relativity.
The Utah High Energy Astrophysics Institute was founded in 1991 to provide support for visiting scientists working on various astrophysical instruments in Utah. Since 1998, the role of the Institute has been expanded to encompass coordination of research activities between various astrophysics researchers in the State of Utah as well as public outreach activities devoting to promoting public understanding as support for astrophysics research in Utah.