Eva Krägeloh is one of only 25 recipients of the 2018-2019 University of Michigan Rackham International Student Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students, with a high academic record and promise for future success, and it awards a stipend of $10,000. Prior to attending U-M, Eva earned a Master’s degree from the Technical University of Munich.
Eva is a second year graduate student working with U-M Physics Professor Timothy Chupp on the Muon g-2 experiment, a collaboration at Fermilab. The experiment aims to test the Standard Model, the current “working theory” describing fundamental particles and their interactions. One such particle is the muon, a heavier cousin of the electron. The Muon g-2 experiment will measure the muon’s g-factor, an intrinsic property related to its magnetic moment. The magnetic moment is related to a particle’s response to a magnetic field, so one challenge in the experiment is to correct for any nonuniformity in the magnetic field that the muons feel. This correction is one focus of Eva’s research. Another focus will be on studying the electric dipole moment, another intrinsic particle property of the muons based on data from the g-2 experiment.
Commenting on his work with Eva, Professor Chupp says, "I had been collaborating with Eva’s research group in Germany for many years and worked directly with Eva on an ongoing project with some of my current U-M students. At UM, Eva wanted to work on a different project, the Fermilab muon g-2 experiment, so she has become quite engaged and has been contributing to that effort. In particular, her analytical and computer skills have been a great match to the challenges of the project. While she's been working on that, taking classes, AND serving as head Graduate Student Instructor, she's been an active member of the Physics Graduate Council, bringing an international perspective to their role in building a better department."