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Physics Elementary Particle Physics Group

Elementary Particle Physics Group

Welcome to the Warwick Elementary Particle Physics Group

We are carrying out research into the fundamental particles of matter and the forces by which they interact. Further information about the research and activities of the group can be found below.

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Research Activities

ATLAS

 
The ATLAS Detector ATLAS is a multipurpose experiment at the LHC, built to study the collisions of protons. At Warwick we are interested in Higgs Physics (particularly with Higgs decaying to tau leptons) and in the operation of the trigger, a device which sifts through 40 million collisions per second.

Detector Development

 
Detector Development Our detector research and development targets innovative technology for neutrino experiments. This covers various diverse topics, from recent efforts into accelerator-based neutrino physics and neutrino astrophysics applications to specific neutrino mass searches using double beta decay.

DUNE

 
DUNE DUNE is a neutrino experiment that is being developed in the mid-western United States. It will investigate whether neutrinos can explain why we live in a matter-dominated Universe when equal quantities of matter and antimatter were created in the Big Bang.

HyperK

The Hyper-Kamiokande experiment is the sucessor to T2K and Super-K. It will upgrade the T2K neutrino beam, add to the near detector suites in Tokai, and will include a new, larger version of Super-Kamiokande as the far detector. The goals of Hyper-K are to study the question of CP violation by neutrinos, as well as make world-leading studies of solar neutrinos, supernova neutrinos and proton decay.

JUNO

JUNO Detector

JUNO, or Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory, is a next-generation neutrino experiment under construction in China. Using 20 kilotons of liquid scintillators, its primary goal is to detect neutrinos from nuclear power plants and determine the neutrino mass ordering. As an observatory that will operate for the next few decades, it will also study interesting phenomena involving neutrinos from various natural sources.

LHCb

 
The LHCb Detector B physics is the study of the 'b' or 'beauty' quark. This heavy quark has fascinating properties, such as the phenomenon of 'flavour oscillations' by which it can change into its own anti-quark. Studying these enables us to distinguish between matter and anti-matter via the related phenomenon of CP violation. Further studies could allow us to detect the presence of new forces beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.

MINERvA

MINERvA Detector


Link opens in a new wiMINERvA, or Main INjector ExpeRiment for v-A, at Fermilab is an experiment dedicated to the study of neutrino-nucleus interactions in the GeV regime. Its goal is to illustrate the interplay between hadronic and nuclear physics and measure intranuclear dynamics that are crucial for the present and future neutrino oscillation measurements.

T2K

 

Map of the T2K experiment

The T2K experiment is being built to direct a beam of muon neutrinos 295km from the J-PARC accelerator in Tokai, Japan, to the Super Kamiokande detector at Kamioka. It is hoped that the very rare oscillation of muon neutrinos into electron neutrinos can be detected.

Information is also available on our past involvement in the BaBar experiment and other activities related to b physics.

PhD Applications

We are offering PhD studentships for commencement in October 2022. These studentships will cover tuition fees and living expenses for UK candidates. Some studentships may also be available to students of any nationality. Prospective students are invited to contact us.