ATLAS experiment

ATLAS is a high-energy physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva. ATLAS is searching for new physics in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. Data from the ATLAS experiment will probe the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate.

The ATLAS Edinburgh group made substantial contributions to the direct discovery of the Higgs boson announced in July 2012. The discovered particle is named after Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh Peter Higgs. Peter Higgs and François Englert were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on 8th October 2013, “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles”.

Our group, consisting of 21 researches, is contributing in the following areas:

The ATLAS Edinburgh group is led by Prof. Phil Clark, Dr Christos Leonidopoulos and Dr Victoria Martin.

Time-lapse video of the construction of ATLAS

A similated proton-proton collision within ATLAS

An interview with Dr Wahid Bhimji