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 the results of high-energy collisions between particles are studied.
CMS Higgs Candidate Event
The theme is involved in the CMS and LHCb experiments based at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which allow us to probe nature at the most fundamental level we can reach. We're also involved in the DUNE, LZ, Mu3e, and NA62 experiments and are working on research and development projects for future experiments and the application of particle physics tecnhology to other fields. We specialise in the following three areas of research:
Detector Research and Development
Researching and developing new solid-state and other particle detector technologies for use in future particle physics experiments, and in other fields such as healthcare and security.
Direct Searches and Dark Matter
Searching at the CMS experiment at CERN for the production of new particles and processes, such as dark matter, new force-carrying gauge bosons, messengers from hidden physics sectors, supersymmetric (SUSY) particles, and exotic properties in Higgs boson decays and the production of top quarks. Looking for dark matter recoiling off nuclei in the Lux-Zeplin experiment.
Flavour Physics and Beyond
Studying quark and lepton transitions to provide insights into the structure of the standard model, and to allow the discovery and study of new physics. Working on matter and antimatter asymmetry and rare quark decays on the LHCb experiment at CERN, flavour symmetry-violating muon decays at Mu3e, rare kaon decays on the NA62 experiment at CERN, and neutrino oscillations, supernovae and proton decays with DUNE.
About the theme
one of the oldest in the UK
- has around 50 members, including 8 full-time academic staff
- leads several high-profile physics analyses at CMS and LHCb
- conducts ground-breaking research on new techniques for high-speed data acquisition and processing
- collaborates with medical, security and other industrial partners
runs several public and school outreach projects