Professor Ford is an experimentalist in elementary particle physics with interests in weak interaction properties of leptons and quarks as measured by neutrino interactions, and by the lifetimes, branching fractions, and decay dynamics of weakly decaying particles.
Professor Ford currently collaborates in the BaBar experiment operating at the SLAC Nathional Accelerator Laboratory in California, and in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Switzerland. The BaBar experiment has produced a rich variety of findings about B mesons, charm mesons and baryons, and tau leptons. It is designed particularly for the study of CP symmetry violation in B meson decays. The CMS experiment is exploring the new energy frontier opened up with the advent of the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Professor Ford in collaboration with CU faculty colleagues and the group's undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs investigate B meson decays to the relatively rare "charmless" final states. As members of the CLEO and BaBar collaborations they have discovered a number of new modes, and studied their CP symmetry violation properties. The group's physics interests at CMS include a search for multi-lepton signatures for new particles, such as those predicted by the SUSY theory. The group's detector efforts have centered mainly on tracking devices: drift chambers for the MAC and Mark II experiments at SLAC, a large drift tube system that was planned for SSC, the BaBar drift chamber, and the CMS silicon pixel and strip detectors. Professor Ford was a recipient of the 2006 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize awarded by the American Physical Society.