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The Bristol Particle Physics group was one of the first in the UK and currently includes nine full time academic staff, ten postdoctoral researchers and twenty PhD students.
Particle Physics is all about understanding the fundamental building blocks of matter and how they interact with each other. To do this modern Particle Physicists build large experiments where particles are made to smash into one another. Detectors are built around where these collisions occur, and the particles resulting from the interaction are studied.
Now is a very exciting time in Particle Physics. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has been colliding protons at higher energies than previous generations of colliders, allowing us to probe nature at its most fundamental level. The Bristol Particle Physics group is involved in two experiments based at the LHC: CMS and LHCb. We are also involved in a variety of research and development projects for future experiments. You can find out what we do on these experiments on our Research page.