Physics coordination of the ATLAS collaboration

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

Abstract

The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is one of the two large detectors which will study collisions of protons with protons when the LHC first turns on for science in 2008. ATLAS will be sensitive to many different types of interactions taking place in these collisions. The energy of the colliding particles is seven times higher than in previous experiments, and so there is a big possibility of processes being seen which have never been seen before - i.e. that new physics may be discovered. Such new processes have the potential to revolutionise our understanding of the deepest structure of matter and the forces of nature. The principal investigator will act as 'Physics Coordinator' for ATLAS during 2008/9. This will involve directing the physics research and setting priorities, as well as management of effort and ensuring that physics results are carefully checked.

Publications

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Aad G (2010) Readiness of the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter for LHC collisions in The European Physical Journal C

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Aad G (2010) The ATLAS Simulation Infrastructure in The European Physical Journal C

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Aad G (2010) The ATLAS Inner Detector commissioning and calibration in The European Physical Journal C

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Aad G (2010) Readiness of the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeter for LHC collisions in The European Physical Journal C

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Aad G (2011) Studies of the performance of the ATLAS detector using cosmic-ray muons in The European Physical Journal C

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Aad G (2010) Commissioning of the ATLAS Muon Spectrometer with cosmic rays in The European Physical Journal C

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Collaboration T (2008) The ATLAS Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Journal of Instrumentation

 
Description Led the physics preparations of the ATLAS Collaboration for first collisions at the Large Hadron Collider. A number of publications demonstrating the performance of ATLAS with cosmic rays (before collisions) were written and submitted by ATLAS from data collected at this time.
Exploitation Route Whole ATLAS collaboration benefits from pre-collision preparations.
Sectors Other

 
Description The understanding of the performance of ATLAS with cosmic rays, and the preparations of ATLAS software and analysis teams for first data, have benefitted the subsequent LHC physics programme with collision data.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Impact Types Societal

 
Description STFC PPGP Standard Grant
Amount £128,685 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 09/2011
 
Description ATLAS 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ATLAS Collaboration: I was Physics Coordinator (and deputy) during the period of this grant.
Collaborator Contribution Construction and operation of the detector. We are an experimental Collaboration.
Impact All of them.
 
Description Big Bang Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Talked to one or two scientific press outlets, did live link-up with schools in Birmingham.
Interactive discussion, engaged local students in the excitement of "Big Bang Day"

Big Bang Day as a whole (of which I was a small part) did generate some significant media interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Masterclass 2009 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Local 6th formers attended Particle Physics Masterclass. Participated in live linkup from CERN to Birmingham.

Activity continues. Very positive feedback from attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009