Programme of Research in Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Warwick, 2009-2014

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

The scope of the proposed research lies in four distinct areas: the physics of particles containing the beauty quark, and the physics of neutrinos, accelerator and detector research and development. It also includes Outreach and Knowledge Exchange programmes, as follows: o We aim to further our research into matter/anti-matter asymmetry (CP Violation) with Beauty mesons at the LHCb experiment. This is important, because we have shown in past experiments that the leading source of CP violation at low energies is consistent with the Standard Model mechanism of CP violation. However, cosmological considerations indicate that there should be other sources of CP violation in Nature, so we aim to make further sensitive tests with beauty mesons, in order to see if any evidence for additional sources of CP violation in Nature may appear there. o The elucidation of the properties of neutrinos. These are very light, neutral particles which are emitted, for example, by the sun, and in radioactive beta decay. They have recently been found to oscillate, ie. transmute from one type to another, while they propagate. We propose to build part of the T2K experiment, operate it and analyse its data., This experiment aims to determine the details of the oscillation behaviour. In particular, it aims to establish the rate and extent of oscillations between muon- and electron-neutrinos, and to derive related information on neutrino masses. o We propose to continue our research and development on the Neutrino Factory project, which aims to provide crucial information for the design of such a particle accelerator, which, in turn, could be built in the future to search for CP violation in the oscillations of neutrinos. o We propose to continue our research and development of position- and energy-sensitive detectors for applications in neutrino experiments and with potential spin-off applications in industry. o We will continue to develop our outreach programme which includes activities for local schools and articles in popular science publications. o Supported by a strong University strategy and ethos in KE, we will continue to pursue all avenues for possible KE.

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Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ST/H001085/1 01/10/2009 31/03/2011 £410,595
ST/H001085/2 Transfer ST/H001085/1 01/10/2010 30/09/2012 £971,339
 
Description LHcb 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department Large Hadron Collider Beauty Experiment (LHCb)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team at The University of Warwick have provides expertise and personnel to help with the continued operation and data collection at LHcb as well as data analysis and interpretation of results collected by Warwick.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the LHcb team have provided resources and experimental time to allow for the collection of data which has been used by members of Warwick to produce output for LHcb, with the appropriate acknowledgements to Warwick staff.
Impact Any publication which indicates a LHcb Collaboration or authored by 'Aaij, R. and others'
Start Year 2008
 
Description MICE 
Organisation International Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team at The University of Warwick have provides expertise and personnel to help with the continued operation and data collection at MICE as well as data analysis and interpretation of results collected by Warwick.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the MICE team have provided resources and experimental time to allow for the collection of data which has been used by members of Warwick to produce output for MICE, with the appropriate acknowledgements to Warwick staff.
Impact Publications with reference MICE experimental data
Start Year 2006
 
Description Neutrino Factory 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team at The University of Warwick have provides expertise and personnel to help with the continued Research and development into the Neutrino Factory as well as data analysis and interpretation of results collected by Warwick and other institutions.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the Neutrino Factory team have provided resources and ideas to allow for the development of new techniques which have been used by members of Warwick to produce new insights into techniques and equipment.
Impact Publication which make reference to the Neutrino Factory
 
Description T2K 
Organisation T2K Collaboration
Country Global 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The research team at The University of Warwick have provides expertise and personnel to help with the continued operation and data collection at ATLAS as well as data analysis and interpretation of results collected by Warwick.
Collaborator Contribution Members of the T2K team have provided resources and experimental time to allow for the collection of data which has been used by members of Warwick to produce output for T2K, with the appropriate acknowledgements to Warwick staff.
Impact All publications which have used T2K data.