Responsive RA submission for a 'New measurement of the ratio Gamma(K->e nu)/Gamma(K->mu nu) at NA48/2'

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

I have identified an unique opportunity for UK particle physics to make a telling contribution in the search for Lepton Flavour Violation. The proposed measurement will either give evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model or will place meaningful constraints on various SUSY models. The proposal is timely and cost-effective. This opportunity can be pursued immediately, as an exploitation of a running experiment, and the scientific objectives fit well into the 3-year scope of a Responsive RA.

Publications

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Batley J (2014) Detailed study of the K ± ? p 0 p 0 e ± ? (K e4 00 ) decay properties in Journal of High Energy Physics

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Goudzovski E (2015) Development of the kaon tagging system for the NA62 experiment at CERN in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

 
Description Elementary particle are divided into quarks and leptons. The latter being electrons, muons, taus and neutrinos. In the Standard Model of Particle Physics, interactions conserve the lepton type and number but this conservation is accidental, i.e. we are not aware of an underlying physics motivation. The research here has mainly looked at possible violation of this conservation. There are several models of new physics that allow for the violation, and this research has constrained such models.
Exploitation Route The findings here help constraining theoretical models which then can be refined. Besides, the results can be combined with results from other branches of particle physics research on the same topic.
Sectors Education

 
Description This RA position helped substantially the creation of a new line of research in the Particle Physics group at the University of Birmingham, i.e. rare kaon decays and flavour physics. Later on, this research was able to attract further funding from STFC and ERC, and a Royal Society University fellowship.
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description CERN 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN - Other
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NA62: we have built a sub-detector for the experiment
Collaborator Contribution NA62: The rest of the collaboration have built the remaining of the detectors
Impact Several papers, as detailed in paper list
 
Description Cafe scientific 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 40 people attended and had a wide discussion

people were much more interested in particle physics afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Cheltenam Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact exhibit on cosmic rays
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Daytime entertainment talk at Royal Society Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 400 people attended talk and discussion afterwards

very positive feedback received by audience, who was enthusiastic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Exhibit at British Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 100 students tried the game and liked it a lot, and gave us feedback for improvements. Teachers said they would be willing to play game at school as educational tool.
Students also enjoyed the large variety of other demonstrations we offered and engaged with us about particle research.

students said they would be willing to pay and buy the game. teachers said they would be willing to use game at school as educational tool for particle physics and business studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2014
 
Description Exhibit at the Royal Society Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We were flooded by interested people at our stand (around 15,000 every year).

Several members of the public contacted us afterwards for more information. I was asked to bring the stand to many other national science events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Lectures at IoP CPD event for teachers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15 teachers training per year per workshop. Three workshops.

After my talk, I discussed with the IoP and we decided to enlarge the scheme. Several teachers decided to hire my equipment and my teaching resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Lectures at Teacher CPD event on Modern Physics, organised by Philip Allan Events, part of Hodder Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15 teachers training

The teachers agreed that they knew more after the lectures; they asked for more resources to be provided to them via a website; some invited me to give talks at their schools; others decided to hire my equipment for practical demonstrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Manchester Science festival, Brighton Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibits on particle physics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Royal Society MP and Civil Servant pairing scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I had a week each with MP and Civil servant in Parliament

i am still in touch with MP and Civil Servant for discussions on science and science related subjects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
 
Description Sessions for teachers at ASE annual conference on quark model and feynman diagrams; and on particle detection with cloud chamber and cosmic telescope 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 13 teachers from europe every workshop and every year. three workshops every year

several teachers asked for my resources to be used in their class teaching
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Talk and exhibit at British Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 200 people attended the talk, asked question and had discussion afterwards. same number visit the exhibit.

schools asked about borrowing detectors for school demo. teachers invited me to give further talks at their schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2014
 
Description Talk on Mysteries of the Early Universe, general programme, British Science Festival 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk was followed by very lively discussion session with many questions from the audience

I have submitted a similar format event for consideration at other science festivals and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Talks at local schools (around 10 yearly) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks always sparks lively discussions and questions.

I got more and more invitations, and a few schools approached me to do after-school science projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact radio interview for italian channel

audience was high and I got good review
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description talk at Science week at school in birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 50 students attended and had discussion afterwards

school asked me to visit regularly to have a extra-curriculum science activity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009