Deputy Spokesperson of ATLAS during 2011-2013

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

Abstract

The ATLAS experiment is the world's largest experiment at a particle collider, and is sited on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. Scientists and engineers from thirty-eight countries have come together to build, operate and analyse the data from the ATLAS apparatus. In total the Collaboration numbers some 2900 scientific authors. The first collisions of protons, the nuclei of hydrogen atoms, were produced in late 2009, but these were just the start of a twenty-year long programme of measurements and - we anticipate - discoveries. Already the ATLAS experiment is probing physics on smaller scales than ever before, equivalent to probing back to the physics processes that happened a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang. It is entirely possible, with the collision data being collected now and in the next year or two, that new physical phenomena will be discovered, bringing revolutionary changes to our understanding of the physics of the most fundamental building blocks of matter and the forces between them. The ATLAS Collaboration is led by a spokesperson with two deputies: this funding is to support one of the two deputies, Prof David Charlton from the University of Birmingham, during 2011-2013.

Publications

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Description Large number of physics papers from ATLAS during this period while I was Deputy Spokesperson of the Collaboration. In addition the Higgs boson was discovered in July 2012.
Exploitation Route The physics yield from ATLAS, especially the Higgs boson discovery, has made a big impact both on popular appreciation of big science, and also on the scientific understanding of the nature of space-time.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Other

 
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 IAS Distinguished Lecture, HKUST, Hong Kong 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Around 50 attendees from the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

As a result of this and other activities over the course of a year by ATLAS management, Hong Kong has decided to join the ATLAS Collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Masterclass 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Around one hundred pupils attended a masterclass in Birmingham, I participated via live video linkup from CERN. Much interest from the students.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Newsnight, 13 Dec 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Susan Watts for Newsnight on the day of the Higgs "update seminar" in Dec 2011

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Public lecture, Coimbra 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A couple of hundred school students from around Portugal attended this talk, in English (including a handful of students from Brazil). There was great enthusiasm and many questions afterwards.

Lecture is available online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012