Deputy Spokesperson of ATLAS during LHC Start-up and Early Physics

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

Abstract

The ATLAS experiment is the world's largest particle physics experiment, and is sited on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. ATLAS is a collaboration of a large number of particle physicists, around 2500, from all around the world. The coming two years of ATLAS operation will be of great importance to the physics of the smallest particles that we know in nature: the LHC will probe to higher energies and smaller distances than ever before, and the start of its operation will now be in the summer of 2009, following the first beams in 2008. During the period 2009-2011, substantial numbers of collisions will be observed, sufficient to be sensitive to a variety of possible new physics processes. The observation of such processes would be one of the most exciting developments in particle physics for many years. ATLAS is led by a spokesperson and two deputies: this funding is to support one of these deputy spokespersons, a UK physicist, Professor David Charlton from the University of Birmingham, during 2009-2011.

Publications

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Description First exploration of the physics landscape in new energy regime provided by the Large Hadron Collider.
Exploitation Route Huge information for model-builders to refine Monte Carlo models of physics in the LHC era. Study of known processes lays the groundwork for discovery at the LHC.
Sectors Education,Other

 
Description Results obtained have been used to establish the validity of the Standard Model in a new energy regime at the LHC.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Education,Other
Impact Types Societal

 
Description ATLAS Collaboration 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Deputy Spokesperson and Spokesperson
Collaborator Contribution They built and operate most of the detector. Etc. Experimental Collaboration.
Impact See elsewhere.
 
Description LHC First Physics 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 Various interviews with media organisations (print, radio and TV).

High profile of LHC physics in the press (from work of many people).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Masterclass 2010 
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 ~100 pupils attended masterclass with teachers. Led live video link-up to CERN.

Very positive feedback, programme continues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description pop-up book launch 
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 Discussion with various print media at the launch of the ATLAS Pop-Up book in London (Royal Institution).

Various press reports: book sold well enhancing exposure of ATLAS science to a younger audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description thinktank 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the public attended an inauguration of the "thinktank" exhibition of the "Art of ATLAS". I presented an introductory public talk.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010