International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes
United Kingdom

Lancaster University

Lancaster University Physics Department

Lancaster University
Address Physics Department
Lancaster University
Phone +44 (0)1524 593079
e-Mail Dr. Andy Blake
Research & Teaching

Lancaster University is a campus university situated just outside the city of Lancaster in the north west of England. The university has a community of 15,000 students, and is one of only six collegiate universities in the United Kingdom. The Lancaster Physics Department has an internationally leading research programme, covering a range of areas including Astrophysics and Cosmology, Particle and Accelerator Physics, Low Temperature Physics, and Quantum Technology.

Our Experimental Particle Physics research group is addressing fundamental questions about the building blocks of matter and the forces of nature. We are involved in a range of research activities at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, and are also collaborating at a number of international facilities (Fermilab, JPARC, SNOLAB) dedicated to the study of neutrino particles.

  • Lancaster is a founder member of the ATLAS experiment at CERN, where we are searching for signatures of new physics at the LHC using heavy quarks and jets of particles, and are investigating the properties of the Higgs Boson. We also working on the NA62 experiment, studying the ultra-rare decays of kaon particles as a window to new physics.

  • We collaborate on a range of accelerator neutrino experiments (T2K, MINOS+, MicroBooNE, SBND), studying the physics of neutrino interactions and measuring neutrino oscillations between flavours. We are also involved in the design and construction of the next generation of experiments (DUNE, Hyper-Kamiokande). Our non-accelerator programme focuses on searches for neutrinoless double-beta decay (SNO+, LEGEND), addressing the fundamental question of whether neutrinos are their own antiparticles.

Our physics teaching at Lancaster is heavily influenced by our research. We offer a number of specialist degree programmes, and all our undergraduate students have the opportunity to undertake extended research projects over the course of their degree.
Outreach & Engagement

The Lancaster Physics Department has an active programme of schools outreach and public engagement. Our outreach activities are closely tied to our research, and we engage with a wide range of ages and audiences. We aim to develop the public understanding of physics, widen access to higher education, and inspire the next generation of physicists.

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