NA62 Common Fund

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

Abstract

NA62 is a leading kaon experiment at CERN. This funding enables the UK groups to participate in the experiment.

Planned Impact

See ST/K001310/1 for full details of the related Impact Summary of this work.

Publications

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Batley J (2014) Detailed study of the K ± ? p 0 p 0 e ± ? (K e4 00 ) decay properties in Journal of High Energy Physics

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Batley J (2015) Search for the dark photon in p 0 decays in Physics Letters B

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Batley JR (2018) Measurement of the form factors of charged kaon semileptonic decays in Journal of High Energy Physics

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Batley JR (2019) First observation and study of the K±?p±p0e+e- decay in Physics Letter B788

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Cortina Gil E (2018) Search for heavy neutral lepton production in K + decays in Physics Letters B

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Cortina Gil E. (2019) First search for K+?p+?? using the decay-in-flight technique in Physics Letter B791

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Cortina Gil E. (2018) Search for heavy neutral lepton production in K+ decays in Physics Letter B778

 
Description This grant has allowed the UK participation in the field of very rare kaon decays. These are special particle interaction that are very well predicted by the Standard Model of Particle Physics, while being very rare; therefore any enhancement is a clear evidence for new physics; if there is no evidence, then new physics models can be constrained and refined.
Exploitation Route The output of the research is been used to constrain physics models and is being combined with other measurements from different research in the field.
Sectors Education

 
Description This award has allowed the UK to remain in the NA48/NA62 experiment. This has allowed us to be in several publications (see list), and to progress with the research in rare kaon decays.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description ERC Advanced
Amount € 520,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2011 
End 08/2016
 
Description summer studentships
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description CERN 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN - Other
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NA62: we have built a sub-detector for the experiment
Collaborator Contribution NA62: The rest of the collaboration have built the remaining of the detectors
Impact Several papers, as detailed in paper list
 
Description Charles University Prague student collaboration 
Organisation Charles University
Country Czech Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PhD student in particle theory hosted for 6 months in UK, with creations of new ideas
Collaborator Contribution Student produced code for monte carlo generator
Impact New generator for simulation code of experiment
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Higgs Centre, University of Edinburgh 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I co-organised a kaon physics workshop in 2018 at the University of Edinburgh. My team provided the experimental input and a number of talks to the workshop.
Collaborator Contribution The Edinburgh team from the Higgs Centre provided the meeting facilities, the theory input and a number of theory speakers.
Impact Workshop at the Higgs Centre in Edinburgh
Start Year 2018
 
Description INFN 
Organisation National Institute for Nuclear Physics
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NA62: contribute to detector, and analysis of data for publications
Collaborator Contribution NA62: contribute to the detector and data analysis
Impact fully working detector. data collected. papers.
Start Year 2012
 
Title New Monte Carlo generator for radiative corrections in kaon decays 
Description Monte Carlo generator to take into account radiative correction in kaon decays 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Kaon physics papers will use this version of the software 
 
Title Software for alignment and calibation of particle detector 
Description The research student developed the software for alignment and calibration of part of the na62 detector at CERN. This software is used in the experiment as the legacy of this project. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The experiment has been able to successfully take data thanks to this software. 
 
Description Cafe scientific 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 40 people attended and had a wide discussion

people were much more interested in particle physics afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Cheltenam Science Festival 
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 exhibit on cosmic rays
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Daytime entertainment talk at Royal Society Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 400 people attended talk and discussion afterwards

very positive feedback received by audience, who was enthusiastic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Exhibit at British Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 100 students tried the game and liked it a lot, and gave us feedback for improvements. Teachers said they would be willing to play game at school as educational tool.
Students also enjoyed the large variety of other demonstrations we offered and engaged with us about particle research.

students said they would be willing to pay and buy the game. teachers said they would be willing to use game at school as educational tool for particle physics and business studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2014
 
Description Exhibit at the Royal Society Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We were flooded by interested people at our stand (around 15,000 every year).

Several members of the public contacted us afterwards for more information. I was asked to bring the stand to many other national science events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
 
Description Lectures at IoP CPD event for teachers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15 teachers training per year per workshop. Three workshops.

After my talk, I discussed with the IoP and we decided to enlarge the scheme. Several teachers decided to hire my equipment and my teaching resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Lectures at Teacher CPD event on Modern Physics, organised by Philip Allan Events, part of Hodder Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15 teachers training

The teachers agreed that they knew more after the lectures; they asked for more resources to be provided to them via a website; some invited me to give talks at their schools; others decided to hire my equipment for practical demonstrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Manchester Science festival, Brighton Science Festival 
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 Exhibits on particle physics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Royal Society MP and Civil Servant pairing scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I had a week each with MP and Civil servant in Parliament

i am still in touch with MP and Civil Servant for discussions on science and science related subjects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
 
Description Sessions for teachers at ASE annual conference on quark model and feynman diagrams; and on particle detection with cloud chamber and cosmic telescope 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 13 teachers from europe every workshop and every year. three workshops every year

several teachers asked for my resources to be used in their class teaching
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Talk and exhibit at British Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 200 people attended the talk, asked question and had discussion afterwards. same number visit the exhibit.

schools asked about borrowing detectors for school demo. teachers invited me to give further talks at their schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2014
 
Description Talk on Mysteries of the Early Universe, general programme, British Science Festival 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk was followed by very lively discussion session with many questions from the audience

I have submitted a similar format event for consideration at other science festivals and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Talks at local schools (around 10 yearly) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks always sparks lively discussions and questions.

I got more and more invitations, and a few schools approached me to do after-school science projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact radio interview for italian channel

audience was high and I got good review
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description talk at Science week at school in birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 50 students attended and had discussion afterwards

school asked me to visit regularly to have a extra-curriculum science activity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009