Experimental High-Energy Physics

ATLAS di-muon

A representation of a high momentum mono-jet event as recorded by the ATLAS detector at CERN.

ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland

We make precision measurements of the top quark and Higgs Boson and perform some of the most sensitive searches to physics beyond the Standard Model. You will get involved with the Adelaide team using the LHC data to constrain Beyond Standard Model theories (Supersymmetry, Dark Matter and beyond). You will probe the fundamental aspects of nature at the highest energies man has ever created. With the ATLAS experiment barely having collected 1% of the anticipated final dataset there is a huge scope of excitement - and discovery!

Belle II experiment at the KEKB Collider in Tsukuba, Japan

This year Belle II will commence preparation for first data where electron-positron collisions will produce pairs of B mesons. We use techniques to fully reconstruct B meson decays and then make measurements of rare decays. In earlier datasets three experiments have seen large disagreements with the Standard Model expectations and these measurements from Belle II will be the definitive statement on whether these studies point to cracks in the Standard Model.

ATLAS experiment Phase II Upgrade

From the 2020’s and onwards the ATLAS experiment will be revolutionised to upgrade its capabilities. You will work with the Adelaide team to improve the readout technology of the all new charged particle silicon tracking chambers required to reconstruct particles passing through the inner detector from the high energy proton-proton collisions. There is also the possibility to work on new trigger software to allow the next generation of algorithms to function at a higher rate – and extract more physics!

SABRE experiment at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory

(supervisors also Anthony Williams & Gary Hill)

We are members of the SABRE (Sodium-iodide with Active Background REjection) Experiment under construction to be placed in the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory, along with a sister experiment at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy. We are in charge of the slow control system, involved with the detector readout and will be working on the physics data analysis. Preparation and involvement in all aspects of the experiment is possible, come and talk to us!

Simulation of Physics at the Circular Electron Positron Collider (CEPC)

One of the most exciting projects in the future of particle physics is that of a large scale 50-100km circular e+e- collider. Two proposals exist and we propose working on dedicated simulations for the proposed “Higgs Factory” in China a facility that will change the landscape of our understanding of Electroweak symmetry breaking on the Higgs Mechanism itself.


The research activities of the High Energy Physics (HEP) group in the Department of Physics are largely carried out under the umbrella of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP) of which Adelaide is one of four nodes (University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, Monash University and the University of Sydney).


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