School of Physics Experimental Particle Physics


ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The LHC is a Discovery Machine that will collide protons together at extremely high energies hoping to create never before seen particles. Starting in late 2009/2010, the ATLAS detector will search for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of LHC. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe. The ATLAS Collaboration consists of more than 2900 physicists, from 37 countries and 172 different institutions. The Experimental Particle Physics (EPP) group at the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney, were founding members of the ATLAS collaboration. The Melbourne EPP group made significant contributions to the development, production and testing of silicon modules for the ATLAS Inner Detector, and is an active member of the ATLAS Semiconductor Tracker (SCT) collaboration. We are also involved in a range of simulation, reconstruction and analysis studies at ATLAS.

The Standard Model and Beyond

What is the last piece of the Standard Model we are searching for? What new physics lies beyond the Standard Model?

APRWS 2011

14th - 15th of March, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia.
In the week before ISGC 2011, Taipei.

Discovery Machines

What kind of machine would you use to find new particle physics?


What is the Large Hadron Collider?

The ATLAS Experiment

What is the ATLAS Experiment?


Our researchers and some of the projects they are working on with the ATLAS collaboration

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