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Physics 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 single and double beta decay.

LHCb and Other B Physics

 
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.

Neutrino Factory and MICE

 
Schematic of a neutrino factory The group is also involved in preliminary research and development for a possible future neutrino factory which would produce an intense neutrino beam. This would allow a detailed study of CP violation, and hence the matter/antimatter asymmetry, in the neutrino sector.

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.


 

Latest News

PhD Applications

We anticipate being able to offer PhD studentships for commencement in October 2016. These studentships will cover tuition fees and living expenses for UK candidates, and tuition fees only for other EU citizens. Some studentships may also be available to students of any nationality. Prospective students are invited to contact us.

Monash-Warwick PhD Scholarship

With funding from Monash University and the Monash-Warwick Alliance Development Fund, the School of Physics at Monash University is offering a new three-year PhD student scholarship in Particle Physics Phenomenology (extendable to 3.5 years), focusing on physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Further Information and Application Details.