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Two PhD Studentships in Particle Physics Phenomenology

We are delighted to offer two studentships in particle physics phenomenology in the area of neutrino physics. The two studentship projects are  “From low energy neutrino experiments to the early Universe and back”, joint studentship with Southampton University, and "Probing New Physics Mechanisms of Lepton Number Violation at SNO+" based at QMUL and with formal links with the University of Sussex and University College London.

ATLAS and CMS release an update on SM Higgs boson search

On December 13th, 2011 the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson in a seminar at CERN. Both experiments have seen hints of Higgs boson production in the mass range of 120-130 GeV, but not significant enough to prove the Higgs particle existence. Instead, they have limited its possible existence within the mass ranges of 116-130 GeV (ATLAS) and 115-127 GeV (CMS).

Meeting on Low Scale Quantum Gravity

A meeting on low energy scale quantum gravity will be hosted by the Particle Physics Research Centre on 7th December. The Meeting seeks to review the status of quantum gravity searches and phenomenology. Latest results from the LHC experiments will be discussed and developments in theoretical approaches will be reviewed. The meeting is free for all researchers.

New PhD Positions Available

We are pleased to announce two PhD places, available for intake in September 2012 to work on the SNO+ experiment in the particle physics group. These posts, funded by a European Research Council grant are in addition to PhD positions funded through the college and STFC. More details of the SNO+ experiment can be found here.

Neutrino speed at OPERA

An intriguing measurement by the OPERA collaboration may bring into question a long-held consequence of Special Relativity: no matter can travel faster than the speed of light in vacuum. The OPERA experiment measured the neutrino speed faster than the speed of light, where neutrinos were measured arriving at the detector 60ns ahead of the light. The distance traveled between source and detector was 735km. QMUL Particle Physicists are well placed to verify this at the T2K neutrino experiment in the future with an improved system.

The ATLAS experiment narrows the range in the search for the Higgs boson

The ATLAS experiment presented its latest results on the search for the Higgs boson at the Lepton Photon 2011 symposium in Mumbai, India (22-27 Aug.). This constrains the hypothetical Higgs boson to have a mass either in a narrow range between 115 and 146 GeV or a set of higher, unfavored, values.

LAGUNA-LBNO project starting on September 1, 2011

LAGUNA-LBNO stands for "Design of a pan-European Infrastructure for Large Apparatus studying Grand Unification, Neutrino Astrophysics and Long Baseline Neutrino Oscillations". This is Collaborative European project of 40 institutions supported by FP7.The aim of the project is to study the hardware and physics case for a next-generation very large multipurpose underground neutrino observatory. Dr Francesca Di Lodovico and Dr Roberto Sacco work on software and hardware design for liquid argon detectors.

New European Research Council Award

We are very pleased to announce the recent award of a prestigious five year European Research Council Fellowship to Dr. Jeanne Wilson for Probing fundamental properties of the neutrino at the SNO+ Experiment. This grant of €1,345,000 will fund her research work on the SNO+ experiment, probing the fundamental nature of the neutrino and its possible mass and measuring low energy solar neutrino fluxes which will provide an accurate test of the mysterious oscillation of neutrinos from one type into another.

1st SuperB Collaboration Meeting at Queen Mary, September 2011

Scientists from around the world will be congregating at Queen Mary, University of London in September for the first ever SuperB Collaboration meeting. This meeting will bring together people working on the detector, machine detector interface and on the physics programme to discuss all aspects of the project.

New T2K Result

The T2K QMUL neutrino group (http://pprc.qmul.ac.uk/research/t2k-qmul), contributed to the ground-breaking result of the first indication of muon into electron neutrinos appearance announced today by the T2K collaboration. This could be the gateway to the resolution of one of the biggest mysteries in fundamental physics – where did the matter in the universe come from?

Forthcoming conferences

The PPRC group is hosting two half-day meetings of the Institute of Physics, one on Neutrino Oscillations Status (April 18th) and one on Top Quark Physics (May 18th).

QM Physicists in major new particle physics facility in Europe

Dr. Adrian Bevan, together with other members from the School of Physics are playing a leading role in the foundation of a major new 500M Euro laboratory to be built in Italy. This "super-B" laboratory will be dedicated to the search for new physics at high energy in a complementary way to the high-energy Large Hadron Collider...