Sussex Experimental Particle Physics (EPP) Capital Equipment 2013

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sussex
Department Name: Sch of Mathematical & Physical Sciences


This proposal presents a request for capital equipment to support the research of the Sussex Experimental Particle Physics group.

Planned Impact

Sussex EPP has been historically involved in fundamental research and therefore, by nature, the group has developed an
"impact agenda" that centres on the engagement with the general public and the training of highly numerate science
graduates, rather than on direct collaboration with industry. Therefore the group's "Pathways to Impact" revolves around a
case based on outreach activities and on the furthering of the Government's agenda to develop a science-savvy, highly
skilled graduate workforce.


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Description Equipment awarded on this grant has enabled the progress in research in the field of neutrino physics and collider physics at the Large HAdron Collider.
Exploitation Route The research equipment and activities will be taken forward by Dr Cerri's PDRA and PhD student, under the supervision of DR Cerri. The equipment is also available to other Sussex/EPP members for R&D activities. Other activities on low-backgorund experiments, conducted primarily by Dr S Peeters, have also benefited from this grant.
Sectors Education,Electronics

Description The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex runs an intense outreach programme, closely linked to the research carried out within the Department. Our WWW is Our activities not only involve research talks, but also hands on activities that introduce the basics of our research to the public. We work with members of the general public, and school and college students. We work with over 12,000 people per year, two-thirds of who are children of school age. We interact through stands at various science fairs and in classroom-type setting (including our travelling planetarium).
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

Description ATLAS Collaboration, CERN 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ATLAS is one of the genera-purpose detectors at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Sussex is one of the institute participating in ATLAS, including in view of future experimental upgrades. We are contributing to the design of a tracking level-1 trigger for ATLAS for the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC).
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators from other ATLAS institutes are also contributing to the design of the upgraded ATLAS trigger for the HL-LHC.
Start Year 2009
Description Feature Talk at British Science Festival (2017) - Visions of the Large Hadron Collider 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk + Q&A with the audience. Prof Antonella De Santo with artist duo Semiconductor ( and philosopher Dr Beatrice Fazi (Sussex Humanities Lab), held at art gallery Fabrica, Brighton.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
Description Research-based Outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact At the University of Sussex, we run a major outreach programme within the department of physics and astronomy, originally set up as part of the SEPnet initiative. The program involves members of the department at all levels, from taught undergraduate and postgraduate students, research students, post doctorial researchers and faculty. We have a wide range of practical activities available to take out to local schools, which are boxed up with a detailed lesson plan for department members to take to take out or use on site. The majority of our outreach activities are linked to our research.
Our annual reach is to 5,000 students per year, working with approximately 800 primary school students, 3500 secondary student, and 700 A-level students, in addition to the 2,000 members of the general public that experience our events. We currently run 130 events per year, reaching school and college students at 60 different schools. We have both schools visiting the University of Sussex campus in Brighton, and we also go out to schools.

Around half of our events involve communicating the research carried out at the University direct to schools, colleges and the public.
25% of our events involve describing our particle physics research, usually consisting of a research talk (about the Large Hadron Collider, SNO+, etc) which is reinforced by practical activities (such as building cloud chambers, or visiting our research labs).

Every week during the school terms, we run a School's Lab day, where a group of students visit the University for as full day of experiments specifically designed for the GCSE, AS and A2 level syllabus. During those days, the students visit a research lab, and get the opportunity to talk with our research students about their work. In addition, visiting A-level students also have a research lecture, and get to here the latest research being done here at Sussex.

Every year, we offer masterclasses in both astronomy and particle physics, with one day aimed at GCSE students, and another at A-level. These days involve research-level talks, visits to labs, as well as hands on experimental experience.

We have developed links with local schools and colleges. Teachers frequently approach us to request research related outreach activities (talks, lab tours, practical activities), ask for advice or to borrow equipment for teaching. In 2013, we ran the Institute of Physics sponsored Physic Update weekend conference for teachers.
Since we began our outreach program, undergraduate numbers has risen significantly within the department, from an intake of 40 students in 2009, up to the current (and sustained) 140 students per year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2011,2013,2014