International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes
United Kingdom
The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy


The University of Edinburgh, School of Physics and Astronomy
Address James Clerk Maxwell Building
Mayfield Road
Phone +44 (0) 131 651 7067
Fax +44 (0) 131 650 5902
e-Mail Greig Cowan
Research & Teaching
The experimental particle physics group seeks an understanding of the fundamental particles of nature and the interactions (forces) governing their behaviour. In particular, by attempting to understand the symmetries and conserved quantities present in the universe, we seek to explain the dominance of matter over anti-matter (study of CP violation at the LHCb experiment at CERN), and mechanisms of symmetry breaking (the ATLAS experiment) which lead to the creation of mass. Extensive distributed Grid computing (GridPP) is used to store and analyse the tens of petabytes of data that are produced by the LHC.

Complimenting the particle physics group, the nuclear physics group has a uniquely diverse range of interests, conducting research into the building blocks of Nature in a wide range of extreme environments. The properties of nuclei have their origins in the basic interactions of elementary particles, quarks and gluons, while the macroscopic evolution of stars and galaxies is directly related to the interactions between nuclei. Direct searches for Dark Matter are seeking to identify the dominant contribution to mass at the galactic and larger scales.
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