News and events
IOP HEPP 2009
April 2009: The annual conference of the High Energy Particle Physics group of the Institute of Physics was held in Oxford in April 2009. All Sheffield first year PhD students prepare a poster which is presented at the conference. This year Simon Owen, who presented a poster on QCD backgrounds to Supersymmetry searches at ATLAS, was the joint winner of the poster prize for the conference! The poster can be found here.
March 2009: a delivery of 3000 scintillator bars from Fermilab arrived in Sheffield where they will be cut and will undergo optical and mechanical quality assurance tests before being sent out to other T2K UK groups for assembly into electromagnetic calorimeter modules. In total the Sheffield T2K group is responsible for dealing with all 16.5 thousand bars that will be incorporated into the Barrel and P0D ECALs that form part of the T2K ND280 detector.
STFC Grant for MICE and UKNF
March 2009: A substantial new grant has been awarded by STFC to continue funding the group's activities for MICE Phase II and the UK Neutrino Factory target work, through to March 2012.
PPPA Summer Student wins CREST EU award
March 2009: Courtney Williams, a Nuffield summer student who worked in the ACORNE group in Summer 2008 won the CREST EU Competition for Young Scientists' Prize at the Big Bang Fair with her presentation about the ACORNE project. Courtney will now go on to represent the UK at the EU Competition for Young Scientists in Paris in September 2009. Article in Lincolnshire Echo
PPPA group's first KTP grant awarded
February 2009: a KTP grant was awarded to Lee Thompson and Chris Booth in the PPPA group to work with LabLogic, a company that markets High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) devices. The grant will fund a KTP associate who will work with both the company and the academics to develop improved HPLC equipment that will aid the determination of drug metabolism rates.
IOP meeting on Large Underground Detectors for Proton Decay, Neutrino Physics and Neutrino Astrophysics
Sheffield, 8 December, 2008
LHC turns on. ATLAS records first events!
10th September 2008: The first beams have been circulated around the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Sheffield is a member of the ATLAS collaboration which built and operates the largest of the LHC detectors. The first "beam-splash" events have been recorded by ATLAS. Media coverage of the event included contributions from Kate Shaw on Engineering Solutions, Dan Tovey on Channel 4 News, CNN, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio Leeds, and Stathes Paganis on ITV Calendar. A third article on ATLAS with contributions from group members was published in the Yorkshire Post.
9th September 2008: Article on the Large Hadron Collider in Yorkshire Post, including quotes from group members.
4th September 2008: News item on ATLAS on BBC Look North, featuring interview with Dan Tovey.
4th September 2008: News item on ATLAS on Sheffield Live! community radio, featuring interview with Dan Tovey.
4th September 2008: Article on ATLAS in Yorkshire Post, including quotes from group members.
3rd September 2008: Article on ATLAS in Sheffield Evening Telegraph, including quotes from group members.
3rd September 2008: University of Sheffield Press Release on ATLAS
7th August 2008: First LHC beam due on 10th September
8th July 2008: Guardian article on LHC physics
23rd June 2008: Kate Shaw appears in ATLAS eNews
First beam for the MICE experiment!
31st January 2008: A target drive, designed and built by the Sheffield group, was installed in ISIS on 20th January. After commissioning work over the last few days, the first protons and pions generated by interactions in the target were observed down the MICE beam line at the end of January.