Luke Thompson

Accelerator Physics PhD Student

University of Manchester Supervised by: Dr Rob Appleby
Luke Thompson photo

Research interests

My current work involves lepton-hadron colliders, specifically designing the interaction region (IR) of the proposed LHeC e-p collider at CERN.

I am also working on the High Luminosity LHC upgrade project, working with the new ATS optics scheme in the interaction regions.

Previously I have worked on top quark coupling at DZero.


The Large Hadron electron Collider is a new project to utilise the LHC in a novel way. Given the huge energies and luminosities available, it is proposed to collide one LHC beam with a relatively low-energy electron beam, to yield TeV-scale e-p and e-A collisions.


In my spare time, I've written, directed and generally post-produced a feature length zombie film set at the LHC, called . It's set to be released soon online for free, under a Creative Commons license.

Papers and Talks

A Large Hadron Electron Collider at CERN Report on the Physics and Design Concepts for Machine and Detector, LHeC Study Group, J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 39 075001

Integration with the LHC of Electron Interaction Region Optics for a Ring-ring LHeC, , IPAC 2012 Proceedings

Interaction Region Optics for the Non-Interacting LHC Proton Beam at the LHeC, , IPAC 2012 Proceedings

Synchrotron Radiation Studies for a Ring-Ring LHeC Interaction Region and Long Straight Section, , IPAC 2012 Proceedings

Synchrotron Radiation in the Interaction Region for a Ring-Ring and Linac-Ring LHeC, , IPAC 2011 Proceedings

Interaction Region Design for a Ring-Ring LHeC, , IPAC 2011 Proceedings

Interaction Region Design for a Ring Ring Version of the LHeC Study, , IPAC 2010 Proceedings

LHeC Ring-Ring Interaction Regions, , 3rd CERN-ECFA-NuPECC Workshop on the LHeC 2010 Proceedings

DZero Internal Note 6028, Measurement of the ttbar Cross Section in the lepton+jets Channel with 5.3 fb-1, ,



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