PPGP Capital Equipment Call

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

Abstract

This proposal aims to improve the capacity of the Birmingham particle physics group to produce new detector components as part of the upgrades to Large Hadron Collider and other experiments, enabling them to cope with future increased collision rates. Specifically, it enhances our capacity to build detectors made from semiconductor devices, fast timing devices and the electronics which are used to trigger the most interesting events. It also contains a request to increase our computer disk capacity to allow more efficient analysis of the expected large future data sets.

Planned Impact

The group's work generates high impact to society in general, to the physics community and through our knowledge transfer activities. Our silicon laboratory is particularly relevant in the latter case, having been involved in recent collaborations with local industry, developing high temperature-tolerant electronics and hybrids with partners Aero Engine Controls and also with other academics in departments ranging from Electronic Engineering to Neuroscience.

The group is internationally leading in its outreach work, introducing particle physics to wide audiences of both the general public and school students. For the general public, the impact is at a cultural level: people are ever more curious to understand the basic building blocks of nature and their imagination is captured by the LHC more than by any previous scientific endeavour. Our work with schools helps to engage students in science in exciting ways. As is by now well documented for example by the IOP, the effects of the high profile developed through particle physics outreach work has a measurable effect on numbers of students applying to study physics at University.

Publications

10 25 50

 
Description AIDA
Amount £73,538 (GBP)
Funding ID AIDA-2020 (H2020-INFRAIA-2014-2015 call) 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2019
 
Description Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships (Watson)
Amount £402,603 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2016
 
Description ERC Starting Grant (Goudzovski)
Amount € 1,600,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2013 
End 09/2018
 
Description FP7
Amount £506,292 (GBP)
Funding ID GA 268062 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2011 
End 08/2016
 
Description FP_MC_IEF
Amount £154,883 (GBP)
Funding ID PIEF-GA-2010-271987 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2011 
End 03/2013
 
Description IPPP Associateship (Nikolopoulos)
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Department Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP)
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 09/2015
 
Description Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (Nikolopoulos)
Amount € 100,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 334034 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2013 
End 03/2017
 
Description Marie Curie Fellowships
Amount € 78,125 (EUR)
Funding ID FP7-PEOPLE-2012-CIG-334034 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2013 
End 03/2017
 
Description Outreach awards
Amount £41,559 (GBP)
Funding ID 283487 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2011 
End 08/2013
 
Description Royal Society Partnership (Lazzeroni)
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 08/2015
 
Description UKIERI Joint Projects
Amount £19,425 (GBP)
Funding ID UKUTP2001100159 
Organisation UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2012 
End 02/2014
 
Description University Research Fellowships (Goudzovski)
Amount £525,769 (GBP)
Funding ID UF100308 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 12/2016
 
Description ATLAS 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department ATLAS Collaboration
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution - Large role in construction, operation and upgrade planning of first level calorimeter trigger - Role in construction, operation and upgrade planning of Semiconductor tracker - Major contributions to data analysis and paper preparation in Higgs boson searches and discovery, top, beauty and charm quark physics and diffraction / minimum bias physics - Leadership (e.g. Prof Dave Charlton is the current spokesperson)
Collaborator Contribution Large international collaboration
Impact See elsewhere
 
Description H1 
Organisation Deutsches Electronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership, data analysis and paper preparation
Collaborator Contribution Large International Caollaboration
Impact See elsewhere (particularly publications)
 
Description ILC 
Organisation International Linear Collider
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Digital calorimeter design and radiation hardness tests. Physics analysis and motivation development ... particularly through involvement in the CALICE and SPIDER projects ...
Collaborator Contribution Large international collaboration.
Impact See elsewhere
 
Description LHCb 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department Large Hadron Collider Beauty Experiment (LHCb)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Development of detector simulation Support for distributed computing Data analysis and paper preparation in the area of rare beauty baryon decays
Collaborator Contribution Large international collaboration
Impact See elsewhere
Start Year 2011
 
Description LHeC 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department LHeC Future Deep Inelastic Scattering Experiment
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Evaluation of low x physics case Various leadership and steering roles Conference talk and web page coordination
Collaborator Contribution Large international study group
Impact See elsewhere (in particular Conceptual Design Report)
Start Year 2006
 
Description NA62 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department NA62 Rare Kaon-Decay Experiment
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Large role in design and construction of detector, in particular the electronics and readout for the CEDAR Cherenkov detector. Leadership in preparations for data analysis, particularly in the area of searches for charged lepton flavour violation.
Collaborator Contribution Large international collaboration
Impact See elsewhere
 
Description Amateur scientific societies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 10 presentations of recent results from the LHC at scientific societies and similar bodies since October 2012.

Impact on the enhanced enthusiasm, engagement and understanding of STFC science among members of the public with a strong scientific interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
 
Description Big Bang Fair 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Poster Presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Version of the `Understanding the Higgs Boson' stand used at the 2014 Big Bang Fair at the NEC, aimed at schools and general public aged mostly between 9 and 16.

Reached an estimated 5000 visitors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Big Bang Fair 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Reuse of 'Beyond the Higgs Boson Exhibition, first shown at 2014 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Discover the Cosmos teachers' workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dedicated workshop for science school-teachers in which LHC and other particle physics is illustrated using the MINERVA software package, built in Birmingham and derived from the ATLAS event display. About 50 attended.

Improved quality and enthusiasm in teaching of particle physics and other STFC science in schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013
 
Description Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Poster Presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Coordination of successful bid by multiple UK particle physics groups and preparations to provide an `Understanding the Higgs Boson' stand at the 2013 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (to be held in July 2013).

This reached a large volume and cross section of the UK public, including opinion formers, politicians and eminent scientists, increasing their knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for the Higgs boson discovery and other aspects of STFC science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013
URL http://www.understanding-the-higgs-boson.org
 
Description Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Leadership of UK universities consortium in preparations for a `Higgs Boson and Beyond' stand at the 2014 RS Summer Science Exhibition, following on from the successful 2013 version.

Similar audience to 2013 version
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sse.royalsociety.org/2014/higgs-boson/
 
Description Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 
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 'Cosmic Ray Detectives' stand at RS summer science exhibition. Estimated audience ~20000
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://sse.royalsociety.org/2015/cosmic-ray-detectives/
 
Description School visits (approximately 20) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Approximately 20 visits to schools were made since October 2012. The usual format is a seminar-style presentation of particle physics and the latest results from the LHC, combined with demonstrations of spark chamber and cloud chamber detectors built at Birmingham University for this purpose.

Impact on the enthusiasm and awareness of STFC science to the next generation of researchers, administrators and taxpayers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014