We are a large research group within the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham in the UK, studying collisions produced by particle accelerators to determine the ultimate structure of matter and the forces of nature.

Our main current activities are all based at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. We have a central involvement in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, where we are studying the Higgs boson and searching for other signs of new physics at the energy frontier. We are investigating the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe using beauty quarks at the LHCb experiment. Our NA62 group is studying ultra-rare decays of strange particles to search for new physics such as lepton flavour violation. Our colleagues from the nuclear physics group are involved in related research with the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. We are working towards future long-baseline neutrino experiments as members of the DUNE collaboration and have interests in developments towards wide ranging future ep, e+e- and pp collider facilities

Our local facilities include a 200m2 set of clean rooms comprising the BILPA silicon laboratory, extensive capabilities for constructing trigger and data acquisition systems and a substantial GridPP site as part of the world-wide LHC distributed computing network.

Our research is supported primarily by the Science and Technology Facilities Council with additional current grants from the Royal Society and the European Research Council.

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