Welcome to the Birmingham Particle Physics Group homepage. We are the largest research group within the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, studying collisions produced by particle accelerators to determine the ultimate structure of matter and the forces of nature. You can find lots more information on who we are and our wide range of activities and opportunities from the menu on the left and news-feed on the right.
Our group has a long history, dating back to the bubble chamber era and more recently including the W and Z boson discoveries at the UA1 experiment, precision measurements in the electroweak sector at OPAL and detailed mapping of the proton structure at H1. Our main current activities are all based at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. We have a central involvement in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, where we are studying the Higgs boson and searching for other signs of new physics at the energy frontier. We are investigating the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe using beauty quarks at the LHCb experiment. Our NA62 group is studying ultra-rare decays of strange particles to search for new physics such as lepton flavour violation. We are also working towards future long-baseline neutrino experiments as members of the DUNE collaboration and have interests in various possible future ep, e+e- and pp collider facilities
Our local facilities include a 200m2 set of clean rooms comprising the BILPA laboraory for silicon detector development and construction. As well as playing a major role in the upgrade programme of the ATLAS experiment for the high luminosity phase of the LHC, the BILPA is performing extensive R&D into next-generation sensors and technology-transfer into instrumentation for hadron therapy. We also have extensive capabilities for the design, construction and firmware programming of state-of-the-art trigger and data acquisition systems and host a substantial GridPP site as part of the world-wide LHC distributed computing network.
The group has a wide-ranging and innovative public engagement programme and supports particle physics education within schools. Please do contact us if you are interested!