ATLAS PROJECT COORDINATION

Lead Research Organisation: University College London

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Publications

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Description We have discovered the Higgs Boson the fundamental scalar boson that is predicted to give mass to all other particles.
Exploitation Route Further research is required to establish if this is the Higgs Boson or if it is one of many (possibly Supersymmetric) Higgs Bosons.
Sectors Education

URL https://twiki.cern.ch/twiki/bin/view/AtlasPublic
 
Description The discovery of the Higgs Boson captured the imagination of millions of people. It will lead to an increased interest in science among the general public and lead to more students studying science at University. Since then the level of detail of measurements in the Higgs and Electroweak sectors, as well as searches for new particles have led us to a closer understanding of the interactions of fundamental particles, with much detail yet to be revealed at the LHC.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Education
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description STFC Spark Public Engagement Awards
Amount £6,400 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/R001596/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 08/2018
 
Description ATLAS 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN LHC ATLAS
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Tracking R&D and construction, software, distributed computing systems, detector operations, trigger performance and design, Standard Model, B-physics, Onium, Higgs, Top and SUSY studies; ran UK software and computing
Collaborator Contribution Detector operations, computing operations, software, shared physics tools
Impact currently O(200) papers in press (Feb 2013)
 
Description ATLAS Collaboration 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN LHC ATLAS
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Construction, maintenance and operation of SCT tracking system, Level 1 Calorimeter Trigger, High Level Trigger and Computing & Software. Analysis of physics data.
Collaborator Contribution Construction, maintenance and operation of ATLAS experiment. Analysis of physics data.
Impact 812 peer reviewed journals articles (as of January 2019) on results of analysis of ATLAS data, including the discovery of the Higgs boson. Capability and skills development: Around 40PhD students per year many of whom move into industry, commerce and the public sector after graduating. ATLAS PhD students typically acquire very high levels of expertise in areas such as detector development, electronics, software design and big data analytics, and these skills, together with the experience of working in a large international collaboration, make our students highly sought-after by employers in the wider economy as well as within academia. STFC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in Data Intensive Science (DIS), in which ATLAS-UK physicists have been playing a leading role over the past two years. Our training of students and PDRAs, through these Centres, directly supports the first two pillars of the government's Industrial Strategy, as well as one of the Eight Great Technologies identified by the government, by helping to prepare the UK workforce for opportunities in the rapidly growing data science driven market sectors. The bespoke training programmes offered by these CDTs has been designed with input from industry partners and these partners are actively involved in the delivery of training. Public engagement: The hugely-positive publicity surrounding the LHC and particularly the discovery of the Higgs boson by ATLAS and CMS in 2012 have demonstrated the general public's great interest in this area. The importance of experiments with the scale and vision of ATLAS in inspiring a scientifically and technologically literate culture seems indisputable. Dissemination is a routine activity for ATLAS-UK physicists. Examples include frequent talks to students at schools across the UK and at events such as the Cheltenham Science Festival, interviews for local, national and international media, social media posts, podcasts, and exhibits at events, such as the Royal Society Summer Exhibition. ATLAS-UK Physicists have been playing a leading role in many Particle Physics Masterclasses organized annually across the UK, including the largest one at RAL with over 700 students per year. A key activity in these Masterclasses is the search for the Higgs boson in ATLAS data, which uses a simplified version of the ATLAS Event Display software developed by ATLAS-UK physicists, and which is used globally. Several episodes of Horizon (BBC2) have focused on ATLAS and featured ATLAS-UK physicists. The resources employed in the outreach activities include the time and enthusiasm of all those involved in the project, be they students, PDRAs, engineers or academics. In addition, we have close relations with the CERN press office and have worked well with STFC staff on this too. There have been many recent visits to CERN by MPs, MSPs and Government Ministers.
 
Description GridPP 
Organisation European Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Middleware, hardware, operations; ATLAS Member of the PMB, formerly Applications Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair of Users Board. Provide Deployment Team member.
Collaborator Contribution Middleware, operations, co-ordination
Impact some papers, enabled many physics papers.
 
Description GridPP 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Department GRIDPP3
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Middleware, hardware, operations; ATLAS Member of the PMB, formerly Applications Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair of Users Board. Provide Deployment Team member.
Collaborator Contribution Middleware, operations, co-ordination
Impact some papers, enabled many physics papers.
 
Description WLCG 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hardware, middleware, operations; Collaboration Board Member and Chair
Collaborator Contribution Hardware, middleware, operations, co-ordination
Impact All LHC and Tevatron papers
 
Description Higher-Education Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact About 50 students from widening participation groups engage in university-style activities (led by researchers) for a week every summer at Sussex.

Secondary-school students participating in the scheme get a hands-on experience of life as a university student.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012
 
Description Neston School Visit to CERN 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact School visit to CERN and meeting with Birmingham undergraduates
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School Talk Sedbergh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation on Higgs discovery at Sedbergh School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description School Talk to West Kirby Grammar School for girls 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation of state of the art on particle physics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description THE DISCOVERY OR THE HIGGS BOSON AND MAPPING THE HEAVENS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A VERY RARE PUBLIC LECTURE IN ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN ON PARTICLE PHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY THAT SPARKED MANY QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description THE FUTURE OF PARTICLE PHYSICS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A PLENARY OPENING LECTURE IN SAO PAOLO BRAZIL ON THE FUTIRE PARTICLE PHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY TO STUDENTS FROM MEDICINE, ASTRONOMY, ENGINEERING AND PHYSICS THAT SPARKED MANY QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to Dumfries Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to Dumfries Astronomical Society on connections between particle physics and astronomy including cosmic rays, dark matter, neutrino astronomy.
Lively question and discussion afterwards.,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to Moffat Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to Dumfries Astronomical Society on connections between particle physics and astronomy including cosmic rays, dark matter, neutrino astronomy.
Lively question and discussion afterwards.
Setting up work placement in particle physics group in Glasgow for school pupil who attended talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk to Weatherhead High School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk on particle physics to Weatherhead High School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description WOMAD 2016 Physics Pavilion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Curated the first phsycis pavilion at the WOMAD festival 2016 in Wiltshire. Totoal attendence over 40,000, through the tent 4000
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016