Construction and Exploitation of the CMS, BaBar, MICE and FP420 experiments

Lead Research Organisation: Brunel University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering and Design

Abstract

The origins of mass and the understanding of asymmetry at a fundamental level are key goals of the CMS and BaBar experiments. The work of the Brunel group is aimed at completing the endcap electromagnetic calorimeter for CMS, contributing to the software associated with the Tracker and Electromagnetic Calorimeter of CMS, and exploiting the data when the LHC commences in 2007. We continue to analyse the data now being produced by the BaBar experiment in particular in the channels involving rare charmless decays. We will be developing, installing and exploiting tracking detectors for the new experiments MICE and FP420. Data visualisation and statistical learning techniques will be applied to particle physics data analysis. Our work on the development of novel silicon detectors will benefit future upgrades to LHC detectors as well as many other areas of scientific research (for example detectors at synchrotron sources).

Publications

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Description First Grant
Amount £100,731 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H042717/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2010 
End 07/2012
 
Description CMS 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Construction, comissioning and operation of the CMS experiment. Data analysis in top-quark physics studies. Provision (via GridPP London Tier-2) of computing resources.
Collaborator Contribution Data acquistion, computing resources (Tier 0), co-authorship of publications, access to data, scientific leadership and support
Impact Over 200 refereed journal publications in experimental particle physics. Along with LHC data analysed by the ATLAS collaboration CMS determined the existence of the Higgs boson which was the subject of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Several STFC funded doctoral students have been trained in data analysis, computer programming and large-scale distributed Grid computing techniques.
 
Description CMS 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Construction, comissioning and operation of the CMS experiment. Data analysis in top-quark physics studies. Provision (via GridPP London Tier-2) of computing resources.
Collaborator Contribution Data acquistion, computing resources (Tier 0), co-authorship of publications, access to data, scientific leadership and support
Impact Over 200 refereed journal publications in experimental particle physics. Along with LHC data analysed by the ATLAS collaboration CMS determined the existence of the Higgs boson which was the subject of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Several STFC funded doctoral students have been trained in data analysis, computer programming and large-scale distributed Grid computing techniques.
 
Description CMS 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Department Particle Physics Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Construction, comissioning and operation of the CMS experiment. Data analysis in top-quark physics studies. Provision (via GridPP London Tier-2) of computing resources.
Collaborator Contribution Data acquistion, computing resources (Tier 0), co-authorship of publications, access to data, scientific leadership and support
Impact Over 200 refereed journal publications in experimental particle physics. Along with LHC data analysed by the ATLAS collaboration CMS determined the existence of the Higgs boson which was the subject of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Several STFC funded doctoral students have been trained in data analysis, computer programming and large-scale distributed Grid computing techniques.
 
Description CMS 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department School of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Construction, comissioning and operation of the CMS experiment. Data analysis in top-quark physics studies. Provision (via GridPP London Tier-2) of computing resources.
Collaborator Contribution Data acquistion, computing resources (Tier 0), co-authorship of publications, access to data, scientific leadership and support
Impact Over 200 refereed journal publications in experimental particle physics. Along with LHC data analysed by the ATLAS collaboration CMS determined the existence of the Higgs boson which was the subject of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Several STFC funded doctoral students have been trained in data analysis, computer programming and large-scale distributed Grid computing techniques.
 
Description Goldsmith A-level Physics Teachers Course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Invited talks on particle physics plus one-day visit to CERN. 25 A-level (or equivalent) Physics Teachers attend a week-long residential course run at Brunel.

Contacts established with Schools whom we subsequently have visited.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012
 
Description IoP SE Branch Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 70 members of the public attended a talk at IoP HQ. Talk followed by half-hour of discussion.

Some publicity for CMS ECAL
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Public Lecture on Higgs discovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 45 school pupils attended out of a toal audience of about 130

None so far
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013