Bristol Particle Physics Consolidated Grant 2015-19

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

The Bristol particle physics group will search for evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model, and work to understand the properties of new phenomena. We will carry out this study using a range of approaches and experiments.

At the CERN CMS experiment at the LHC, we will search for signatures of the production of dark matter and supersymmetric particles, using events with 'missing energy'. In the absence of a discovery, we will combine statistical information from our observations with results from cosmology and direct dark matter searches, to rule out potential theories of new physics. We will also use the very large datasets produced at the LHC to study the production and properties of the top quark, a standard model particle with unique properties.

We will use a complementary approach to search for new physics at the CERN LHCb experiment, looking for subtle signatures of new physics that manifest themselves in the decays of mesons containing heavy quarks. We will use similar approaches to test current ideas about the nature of fundamental quantum symmetries.

A number of new experiments are being prepared, and will be ready for use within or shortly after the grant period. The NA62 experiment at the CERN SPS will study the decays of kaons to look for signs of new physics. The SOLID experiment at the BR2 reactor will study neutrino oscillations on an ultra-short baseline of 5-10m. The SHiP experiment at the CERN SPS will use a very high intensity beam to search for 'dark particles' that are signatures of physics beyond the Standard Model. Finally, we have begun to make preparations for the detailed design and optimisation of detectors for a future linear collider.

We will continue our programme of particle detector R&D, contributing to the upgrade of CMS and LHCb, to the design and construction of new experiments, and to the development of new sensors and technologies. An important part of this programme will be collaboration with industry and other academic disciplines, in order to generate impact from our work.

Planned Impact

- There will be a societal impact amongst the general public as we publicise the results of our research through outreach.

- We will engage with school age students and teachers to convey the excitement of fundamental research, motivating more students to study STEM subjects at post-16 and HE levels.

- Engagement with UK industry through contracts and joint projects, and through the provision of well-trained physicists as employees, will result in economic impact

- Other academic disciplines will benefit from our skills, knowledge and capabilities, addressing a number of important problems across a range of fields

Full details are given in our Case for Support and Pathways to Impact document

Publications

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Description DUNE UK Production Project
Amount £689,382 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/S00355X/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 09/2023
 
Description Antimatter Matters 
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 LHCb-UK and Alpha-UK organised a joint stand at the Royal Society summer exhibition 2016. The Bristol Particle Physics group participated in the organisation (printing T-shirts, stickers) and the presentation of the exhibits during the event. Antimatter Matters has its own website and has been presented at several other events throughout the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.antimatter-matters.org/
 
Description Bristol Bright Night 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Various STFC and ERC funded members of the university of Bristol gave public talks to audiences of various sizes (ranging from "pitch talks" of 5 min, to particle physicists contributing to a planetarium demonstration), we had a stall with particle physics-related activities and engaged with members of the public. Feedback was excellent.

Positive audience feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/public-engagement/events/2014/bristol-bright-night.html
 
Description Colloquium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Public colloquium at the school of physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cosmic 100 project at Bristol Balloon Fiesta 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lots of discussions with the public at the LHC exhibit. Media coverage of balloon flight with particle detector.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2012/8694.html
 
Description Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk and discussion on the theme of antimatter to a general audience in a pub (including a demonstration with a spark chamber through which muons and anti-muons passed), part of the "Pint of Science" series of events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/about/
 
Description Women in STEMM 
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 Event engaging year 8/9 students in science activities, with an emphasis on female role models. The Bristol particle physics group had a stand with hands-on activities, spark chamber, and a video presentation introducing famous female particle physicists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.bristol.ac.uk/biochemistry/public/events/2017/event---women-in-stemm.html