Particle physics research

The award supports the online Basic Physics Labmate

Following a £4.34 million prize from the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), particle physicists at UCL will help further their work by examining the nature of the boson of Higgs at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and preparing for new intensity collisions that may reveal evidence of physics beyond the so-called “Standard Model”.

Professor David Waters, Group Leader (UCL Physics & Astronomy), said: “This support from STFC and UKRI enables the UCL High Energy Physics Group to continue to lead world-class projects tackling pressing questions in collider physics, neutrino physics, precision muon physics, the search for dark matter and many more.

Professor Andreas Korn (UCL Physics & Astronomy), the Principal Investigator, said: “We particularly appreciate the continued support of our highly skilled engineers and technicians who make our experiments a reality and allow us to do cutting-edge science. The grant also provides the context and infrastructure needed to develop our PhD students into the highly skilled scientists and employees of tomorrow.”

UCL’s High Energy Physics group is conducting a number of experiments on the properties of the most abundant particle of matter in the universe – the neutrino, which will measure the asymmetry between matter and antimatter in the neutrino sector and could shed light on the mechanism that generated the cosmological matter-antimatter asymmetry; the group is also leading UK efforts to measure the neutrino flux from higher energy cosmic rays.

UCL physicists are also playing a leading role in international efforts to directly detect the interaction of elusive dark matter particles, which can also be created directly in the LHC laboratory and the group has begun to explore innovative quantum technologies that could open up new opportunities for ultra-precise measurements.

Work is also continuing on an R&D program on detectors and accelerators focused on medical applications, building on UCL’s strong recent experience in this field. For example, a team co-led by Professor Simon Jolly (UCL Physics & Astronomy) working with the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg demonstrated how a mixed particle beam could enable simultaneous therapy and treatment monitoring of Cancer.

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