QMUL Experimental Particle Physics Consolidated Grant 2012-2016

Lead Research Organisation: Queen Mary, University of London
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

The QMUL Experimental Particle Physics Group has an exciting set of particle physics experiments at the forefront of the field. Members of the Group have been working on the commissioning and analysis of data from the ATLAS detector at the CERN LHC which has just finished its first full year of data taking from which over a 100 papers have been published. The ATLAS Group will continue the study of the top quark, started at the CDF experiment, at the LHC and the expertise gained will allow us to probe for new physics such as the discovery of the Higgs particle or Supersymmetry. We will also continue our study of proton structure at the highest possible energies. The QMUL Group is also involved in upgrades to the ATLAS detector for the higher luminosity by participating in the ATLAS Tracker Upgrade Level One Calorimeter Trigger upgrade programmes. At the other end of the mass scale the neutrino group is exploiting data from the T2K long baseline neutrino experiment in Japan which will continue the investigations of the recently discovered neutrino oscillations and participating in the rich programme at the SNO+ detector in Canada. In addition the Group is at the forefront of preparations for the SuperB collider project and will look to exploit new opportunities, such Dark Matter searches or Linear Colliders when they become available.

Planned Impact

The research of the QMUL Particle Physics group is primarily experimental particle physics aimed at understanding the fundamental constituents of the universe and the forces they interact through. This research is currently centred on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider whose primary aim is an understanding of the origin of mass in the universe, and the T2K experiment in Japan which studies neutrino interactions with the ultimate aim of understanding the matter-antimatter imbalance in the universe. The research will directly lead to increased scientific and public knowledge and awareness.

Schools and members of the public will benefit from articles, talks, workshops, masterclasses based on the ATLAS and T2K experiments and on the exciting new results from this research. Business, industry and other scientific disciplines will benefit from spin-off activities related to the ongoing R&D for future upgrades to ATLAS and T2K and new experiments and from partnerships exploiting the Grid computing facilities that we have developed to analyse the massive amounts of data generated by the research.

Publications

10 25 50

 
Description There are two major research results:
- discovery of the Higgs boson
- first observation of the neutrino appearance channel
Apart from extending the general knowledge, there are a few specific outcomes: using the data analyses techniques in other areas like medical areas (big data), outreach and using lego to promote particle physics, development of high performance Grid, etc.
Exploitation Route There is a clear academic output from all the research generated that will affect the next generation of particle physics experiments.
Moreover, our big data analysis can be used in many fields eg medical science. The usage of high power machines helps the development of more high power machines. The outreach based on our reach can help student recruitment and generally increase the students studying physics.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Healthcare,Other

URL http://pprc.qmul.ac.uk/
 
Description Increasing general scientific standing of the UK community, increasing the interdisciplinary link with medical science and improving their analysis results, computing technology.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Healthcare
Impact Types Societal

 
Description ALICE Upgrade and JLab oversight committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Chair of the LHCb Upgrade Oversight Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description LHCb Upgrade Oversight Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Participation in the PPRP: Project Peer Review Panel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description ATLAS 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN LHC ATLAS
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Tracking R&D and construction, software, distributed computing systems, detector operations, trigger performance and design, Standard Model, B-physics, Onium, Higgs, Top and SUSY studies; ran UK software and computing
Collaborator Contribution Detector operations, computing operations, software, shared physics tools
Impact currently O(200) papers in press (Feb 2013)
 
Description ATLAS ITK 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN LHC ATLAS
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Chair of the Institute Board with 100 international members
Collaborator Contribution International programme on Tracker Upgrade with 100 institutes from 22 countries working towards the 120MCHF (equipment costs only does not include salaries) main upgrade programme of ATLAS for the HL-LHC
Impact Particle Physics
Start Year 2017
 
Description ATLAS Upgrade 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN LHC ATLAS
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution 2011-2015 ATLAS Upgrade Coordinator 2011-2015 Member ATLAS Executive Board
Collaborator Contribution ATLAS consists of 3000 physicists from 177 institutes in 35 countries
Impact CERN-LHCC-2011-012, CERN-LHCC-2012-022, CERN-LHCC-2013-006, CERN-LHCC-2013-007, CERN-LHCC-2013-017, CERN-LHCC-2013-018, CERN-LHCC-2015-009, ECFA-15-289 and ECFA-13-284.
Start Year 2011
 
Description AWE Ltd 
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment
Department National Nuclear Security Programme
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working on the development of a novel neutron detector.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have funded the development of device readout and simulation. This underpins technology refinements that have accelerated technology development.
Impact Outputs are being finalised in terms of publications and IP protection.
Start Year 2015
 
Description CCMMP 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Department Condensed Matter and Material Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working with a CMMP PhD student on studies on novel radiation detector devices.
Collaborator Contribution PhD student and labs
Impact Studying prototype for novel radiation detector devices. It may bring impact.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GridPP 
Organisation European Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Middleware, hardware, operations; ATLAS Member of the PMB, formerly Applications Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair of Users Board. Provide Deployment Team member.
Collaborator Contribution Middleware, operations, co-ordination
Impact some papers, enabled many physics papers.
 
Description GridPP 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Department GRIDPP3
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Middleware, hardware, operations; ATLAS Member of the PMB, formerly Applications Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair of Users Board. Provide Deployment Team member.
Collaborator Contribution Middleware, operations, co-ordination
Impact some papers, enabled many physics papers.
 
Description MSL thin silicon development work 
Organisation Micron Semiconductor
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Worked with MSL to obtain thin silicon detectors for generic R&D as a follow on/parallel line to the ATLAS detector development work.
Collaborator Contribution Partners worked on modifying their production process to adapt a product line for our requiremetns for a new R&D line in thin devices. This required an in-kind contribution from the partner company.
Impact work is ongoing.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Super-Kamiokande 
Organisation Super-Kamiokande
Country Japan 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We have joined in January 2016. We are working on a calibration system for neutron. We have taken shifts.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in calibration. Detection of low background in gadolinium samples.
Impact This collaboration has just started
Start Year 2016
 
Description UTFit 
Organisation UTFit Collaboration
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Performing averages.
Collaborator Contribution Thereotical code
Impact papers and conference talks: http://www.utfit.org/UTfit/References The fit is consistently used by the experimental collaborations and theorists.
 
Description Talks at Open Days 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Engaging school students to study physics at the univerdity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Talks at School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Engaging students in physics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Talks in science festivals 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talks given to general audience to make physics more understandable to general public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018