The long-established RHUL ATLAS group is renowned for its expertise in physics (Higgs, top quark and exotic signatures involving electrons), statistical methods as well as trigger and data acquisition systems. The group is also heavily involved in the upcoming upgrades of the detector in view of the High-Luminosity running of the LHC.
The successful candidate will make use of the Run 3 dataset at the LHC (13 TeV collisions) to search for evidence of new physics in data containing two electrons. This channel can be used to search for new particles like the graviton or new gauge bosons. The graviton is predicted in extra-dimensional models which attempt to explain why gravity is much weaker than other forces. This signature can also be used to probe for compositeness models, which predict new interactions between the constituents of quarks and leptons.
In addition, PhD students in the RHUL ATLAS group contribute to the development of the ATLAS trigger system, as well as to the operation of the ATLAS detector at CERN.
The funding normally comes with the possibility for Long Term Attachment funds to work at CERN for up to 18 months during the PhD.