Sheffield ATLAS Group

ATLAS is the world's largest physics experiment and operates at the 27km Large Hadron Collider (LHC) (the world's largest machine) located at CERN in Geneva. ATLAS is designed to study the fundamental constituents of the Universe with goals including understanding the origin of mass and the nature of dark matter. The ATLAS Collaboration comprises over 3000 members from 177 universities in 38 countries.

The Sheffield ATLAS group has been active in all aspects of the experiment, from its design and construction through to the analysis of the final data. We played a major role in the construction of the Semi-Conductor Tracker (SCT) detector and continue to take leading roles in its operation and monitoring. We are also very active in software development and maintenance and in computing within the collaboration. We led the search for the Higgs boson in the 4-lepton channel in ATLAS, culminating in the announcement in July 2012 of its discovery and the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to Englert and Higgs. Our physics analysis interests now focus on measurements of the properties of the Higgs boson in the 4-lepton channel and searches for new physics predicted by supersymmetry (SUSY) theory. For the future, the group is very active in preparations for the construction of a new ATLAS tracking detector for operation at the high luminosity upgrade of the LHC.

Current research activities

Group members
  • PhD students
    • Calum MacDonald (3rd year)
    • Harry Moss (2nd year)
    • Guillermo Hamity (1st year)
    • Evangelos Kourlitis (1st year)

  • Technical support
    • Sam Edwards
    • Simon Dixon
    • Paul Kemp-Russell

  • Computing support
    • Matt Robinson
    • Elena Korolkova

Contact: Davide Costanzo.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH, UK


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