Flavour physics boasts a long history of discovery physics by making precision measurements of decays sensitive to high mass-scale currents running in virtual loop processes. It is well known that both the charm and top quark masses were inferred from their effect on lower energy processes prior to their direct discovery. As the LHC gears up for higher energy and luminosity, the unprecedented datasets of beauty and charm hadrons that will be reconstructed by the LHCb experiment over the next decade will provide an extraordinarily sensitive probe of new physics is a manner entirely complementary to the direct search programme of ATLAS and CMS.
The Oxford LHCb group is a highly productive university group with wide participation across five broad areas:
• Precision CKM metrology: making gold-standard measurements of flavour physics;
• CP violation in charm: pursuing accuracy down to Standard Model expectation;
• Electroweak loop decays: exploiting sensitivity to particles at a high-mass scale;
• Exclusive diffractive production in pp collisions: Rigorously testing QCD;
• Heavy-flavour spectroscopy: exploring the limits of the quark model;
All of these topics benefit from our core specialism in the design and operation of the silicon vertex detectors, Ring Imaging Cherenkov counters and calibration of the particle identification system.
Due to the extraordinarily successful, flexible design of the LHCb software trigger, the LHCb dataset will provide a rich source of fascinating measurements for, at least, the next fifteen years. Oxford holds a long-term commitment to the LHCb experiment and our physics reach is limited only by our funding for students and research staff. The Oxford LHCb group is committed to recruiting the best graduate students and providing them with an exemplary training in science research.