Current experiments

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Our largest current activities are concerned with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which is now well into its second run, this time at a much increased centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV.

We are heavily involved in the ATLAS experiment, which studies proton-proton collisions at the energy frontier at the LHC. With its sister experiment CMS, ATLAS discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. Among other things, we are now studying the properties of the Higgs to search for deviations from the predictions of the Standard Model of particle physics.

Our LHCb and NA62 groups are making detailed investigations of flavour physics, working with beauty and strange quarks, respectively. They are studying ultra-rare processes in which new particles might show up as additional contributions to quantum loops.

We have strong capabilities in instrumentation, particularly the design and build of state-of-the-art trigger systems and silicon strip detectors. Our new `BILPA' laboratory is a 200m2 set of clean rooms where we are building silicon detectors for the ATLAS upgrade and doing basic R&D into new types of radiation-hard silicon pixel detectors. We also run a substantial Tier 2 'GridPP' site as part of the Worldwide LHC Distributed Computing network.

Our interests in future facilities include a new involvement in the DUNE experiment, which is working towards a future long baseline neutrino facility at Fermilab. We are also making the case for future energy frontier colliders including electron-positron collisions at a possible Linear Collider (ILC, CLIC ...), electron-proton and electron-ion collisions at LHeC or EIC and proton-proton collisions at FCC.

Use the navigation bar on the left to find out more about our roles in all of these activities.