Particle Physics Group





Manchester physicists are active in a number of international experimental collaborations, often taking lead roles:
  • The ATLAS experiment at CERN will measure 14 TeV proton-proton collisions when the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) starts operating in summer 2009. If the standard model Higgs boson really exists, ATLAS should find it or else rule it out. With over 2000 participating physicists and 37 member countries ATLAS is (probably) the largest collaboration ever in the physical sciences.
  • The LHCb experiment is also at the LHC. It will make a detailed study of the properties of B hadrons, and of the CP violation effects that could be responsible for the lack of anti-matter in the Universe.
  • At the experiment at FNAL the Tevatron provides 2TeV proton-proton collisions, currently the most energetic in the world. The top quark is among the new particles first seen at DØ, and the search continues there for the Higgs boson.
  • The NEMO-III and SuperNemo neutrinoless double beta decay experiments at the Fréjus laboratory in France aim to clarify the nature of neutrinos: are they their own antiparticles?
  • The ATLASFP project is designing a detector to sit inside the LHC beam pipe and measure quasi-elastic proton-proton scatters. This will open exciting new discovery channels for ATLAS.
  • The Manchester Tier-2/Grid group makes important contributions to EGI (European Grid Infrastructure), providing powerful computing resources and software to scientists world-wide.
  • Radiation hard 3-D silicon detectors are being developed at Manchester for ATLASFP and the ATLAS upgrade.
  • The Manchester Accelerator Science group is a member of the Cockroft Institute, doing design studies for the LHC and ILC, and of the CONFORM project, developing Fixed Field Alternating Gradient (FFAG) accelerators with applications in cancer therapy. FFAG technology may someday lead to safe and clean nuclear power via accelerator driven fission reactors.


Manchester has world-leading expertise in several fields of Theoretical Particle Physics:

  • Phenomenology at high-energy colliders,
  • Quantum Chromodynamics,
  • Neutrino and Higgs Physics,
  • CP violation,
  • Supersymmetry and String Phenomenology,
  • Physics of the Early Universe,
  • The HERWIG Monte Carlo project.

Our projects are often focussed on aspects of theoretical physics which can be tested in ongoing or future experiments and we have strong links with the CERN Theory Division.

Postgraduate Research Projects

A wide range of postgraduate projects are available in all of our fields of research.

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