Research in High Energy Physics

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Physics


Investigation into the properties of elementary particles and the fundamental forces of nature. Precision tests of the Standard Model (SM); searches for new phenomena and extensions to the SM; studies of CP violation in the b-system; measurement of neutrino oscillation parameters; WIMP dark matter searches, preparations for future experiments, including HL-LHC, feasibility studies for future neutrino factories, double-beta decay experiments, gravitational wave detectors and linear colliders.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/R504816/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2021
1963041 Studentship ST/R504816/1 30/09/2017 30/05/2021 Wilf SHORROCK
Description T2K Collaboration 
Organisation T2K Collaboration
Country Global 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Overhauled the main analysis software for the near detector of the T2K experiment. Helped with maintenance of the far detector of the T2K experiment. Helped at a beam test at CERN for a new scintillator detector prototype. \The actual detector will be installed on the T2K experiment in 2021. Performed analysis on the CERN beam test data to ascertain the detector properties. Acted as run coordinator at a neutron beam test at LANL for the same prototype detector, plus a new prototype.
Collaborator Contribution Expert advice on the structure of the analysis software. Organisation of the beam tests and meetings to discuss work. Conceptualisation and design of the new scintillator detector and its prototypes
Impact Pending
Start Year 2017
Title ND280 Software Overhaul 
Description Used to generate monte carlo data for the near detector (called ND280) of T2K. It is also used to reconstruct measured data and compare with the monte carlo data. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact A new, up-to-date environment for developers of the ND280 Software code was created. This was in response to the proposed ND280 upgrade, which will engender much more development of the software. 
Title SFGD Prototype Detector 
Description A novel scintillator detector that uses cubes of plastic scintillator to reconstruct the trajectories of charged particles to pass through it. This is a completely new detector design and possibly the first in the next generation of scintillator detectors, as the design has many advantages to existing detectors, including the tracking of particles travelling in any direction, as opposed to a limit range of trajectories, and high granularity. 
Type Of Technology Detection Devices 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Confirmed viability of the SFGD design. Found potential problems with the design that need to be improved. Quantified properties of the detector prototype, such as the time resolution. Steps towards installing the SFGD detector in the T2K experiment, which will reduce systematic errors in neutrino energy reconstruction and speed up progress towards more accurate measurements of neutrino oscillation parameters.