The LHC as an electroweak boson collider: A novel laboratory for dark matter, the origin of neutrino mass and other new electroweak phenomena

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Use new techniques to search for and measure dark matter and the mechanism for the origin of neutrino mass at the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. There is much better sensitivity to dark matter using these techniques than any existing approach and it is completely unexplored experimentally. If dark matter preferentially couples to longitudinally-polarised vector bosons, this will actually be the only way to discover dark matter at the LHC. The project will aim to develop these ideas to improve what can be done, as well as exploring the sensitivity of the LHC to these mechanisms. It will involve collaborating with theorists and performing technical work on ATLAS.

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N504178/1 01/10/2015 31/03/2021
1662936 Studentship ST/N504178/1 21/09/2015 31/03/2019 Rebecca Pickles
 
Description Margaret Elizabeth Lee Fellowship - Conference Travel Fund
Amount £220 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description IOP Mersyside Branch Christmas Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk on Richard Feynman and the science he did - how his work influences what researchers (including myself) do today, lots of questions and an enthusiasm for the subject after.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description STEM for Britain National Poster Competition for Early Career Researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact National poster competition at Westminster for early career researchers, spoke to a number of policy makers about my research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at 'Dark Matter at the LHC' conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Talk at international conference on my study area, sparked questions and discussion of next steps for the field
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018