RHUL Particle Physics Rolling Grant

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Holloway, University of London
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

Experimental particle physics addresses some of the fundamental questions about the structure and behaviour of the Universe at the level of the smallest particles of matter, the quarks and the leptons, and the forces acting between them. In this project we are contributing to the preparation of the ATLAS project at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that will begin taking data in 2009. We have constructed and commissioned electronic systems and the software that drives them. From 2009 onwards we will be analysing the data as it becomes available. In particular we will be searching the data for evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson, one of the key missing elements of the Standard Model of particle physics at present, and for supersymmetric particles and other exotic phenomena, that are expected to exist. We are also planning to understand better the properties of the top quark and the structure of the proton.

Publications

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Aad G (2010) The ATLAS Simulation Infrastructure 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 (2010) The ATLAS Inner Detector commissioning and calibration 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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Aad G (2010) Readiness of the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter for LHC collisions in The European Physical Journal C

Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ST/H001034/1 01/10/2009 31/03/2011 £523,298
ST/H001034/2 Transfer ST/H001034/1 01/10/2010 30/09/2012 £1,412,079
 
Description CIF (Capital Infrastructure Funds)
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 03/2011
 
Description Standard Grant (GridPP3 project)
Amount £265,203 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2008 
End 03/2011
 
Description Standard grant (GridPP3 project - hw funds)
Amount £87,600 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2010 
End 07/2010
 
Description Physics Taster Day 
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 Many students attend RHUL for a taste of what physics is like at university.

Increase in applications to do physics at university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
 
Description School Talk at LVS, Ascot School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach Talk on "ATLAS & LHC" to female A-level students. This sparked many interested questions after the talk and there was discussion afterwards about the life and career progression of female scientists.

The teacher emailed to say that the students had been very insprired by the speaker and to thank the speaker.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description School Talk at SWPS School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach Talk to ~30 A-level students on "ATLAS & LHC", which sparked questions and dicussions afterwards

School thanked the speaker and said that the students had been very interested. The teacher asked for follow up talks to different age groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Talk to UA3 Retirees, Farnham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Outreach Talk (with videos and interation game): "ATLAS & LHC" to UA3 Retirees interested in Science, Farnham. About 50 people attended - they were very interested and there was much discussion afterwards.

The UA3 organiser wrote to thank the speaker and to invite her back again to give another talk. Saying it had been one of their best talks of the year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Teachers Talk at Brunel Uni. Goldsmith's Particle Physics Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact ~60 teachers attended the talk - and asked questions afterwards. There was discussion about the talk after too.

Teachers enjoyed the talk and felt they had a better understanding of what particle physicsts did and so could talk more confidently about it to their students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
 
Description Teachers Tour at RHUL 
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 Teachers' Tour of Physics Department showing them the research that was conducted followed by discussion session with many questions and discussions about how there could be more interation between the local schools and RHUL

Follow up talks given at local schools
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description UK Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Approximately 140 students per year attend the masterclass, held over two days. Many questions and discussions arise from the presentations and interactive sessions.

Increased application to do physics at university can be traced to this activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010