ATLAS Oxford Group
The ATLAS detector is one of two general-purpose experiments for Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva. It is a detector optimized for discovery of the Higgs boson and for direct searches for New Physics beyond the Standard Model (SM).
The LHC finished its first run (2009 - 2013) successfully and delivered 30 fb-1 of proton-proton collision data at 7 TeV and 8 TeV centre of mass energy. It is currently undergoing machine maintenance to prepare it for the high energy run at 14 TeV in 2015. The ATLAS experiment is working on detector upgrades to prepare for this run, and for the high-luminosity upgrade (HL-LHC).
We are one of the founding members of the ATLAS experiment, with work spanning more than two decades. A major contribution was the design, prototyping, construction and commissioning of the detector, and in particular of the Semiconductor Tracker barrels (which were assembled in the basement of the Denys Wilkinson Building). Currently, members of our group are:
- Leading ATLAS physics analyses, including Searches for New Physics beyond the SM, understanding the properties of the Higgs boson and Standard Model precision measurements.
- On-site at CERN preparing the triggers, simulations, software and physics analyses for the 14 TeV run.
- Performing in-house R&D towards a replacement tracking detector, designed to operate at ten times the current rate of collisions for the High-Luminosity upgrade of the LHC in 2020 (HL-LHC).
For more information please check our Research Activities.