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Professor P J Clark
p [dot] j [dot] clark [at] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk
+44 (0)131 650 5231
Rm 5417, JCMB
Dr Philip Clark was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in 2004 and promoted to reader in 2010. He is the principal investigator for the Edinburgh ATLAS and GridPP particle physics research groups. He is the chairman of the ScotGrid tier-2 compute and data centre. His primary research is in elementary particle physics, but is also interested in new computer architectures, particularly the advent of many-core and GPGPU devices. He has 672 publications (427 in peer reviewed journals).
His research interests are the major unsolved questions in particle and particle-astrophysics, i.e., whether or not, a Higgs Boson exists, and what the fundamental particle mass generation mechanism is; discovering dark matter and new physics models of nature (e.g. super-symmetry or compact extra dimensions). The matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe is another long term interest and understanding the rare decays of exotic particles created in particle accelerator collisions. He leads the University of Edinburgh’s programme in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC at CERN in Geneva, which aims to address all of these fundamental questions. This experiment, and its upgrades, are high priority within the particle physics community, and are likely to be key to particle physics for the next 15 years, and may produce a paradigm shift in our current understanding of the universe.