ATLAS

ATLAS is a general-purpose particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. ATLAS is designed to exploit the full discovery potential of the LHC, pushing the frontiers of scientific knowledge. ATLAS' exploration uses precision measurement to push the frontiers of knowledge by seeking answers to fundamental questions such as: What are the basic building blocks of matter? What are the fundamental forces of nature? What is dark matter made of?

The ATLAS Edinburgh group worked on the Higgs boson announced in July 2012. The Higgs boson particle is named afterPeter Higgs, Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh. 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”.  Ten years after the discovery of the Higgs boson in July 2022, we celebrated with a public event at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

We continue to work on Higgs physics, making precision measurements of Higgs boson properties, as well as searching for new phenomena, including long-lived particles, heavy neutral leptons and dark photons.

A simulated proton-proton collision within ATLAS

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

Research interests

Our group consists of around 25 researchers, contributes to the following areas:

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PhD project opportunities in ATLAS

People in ATLAS

Telephone numbers in the list below are shown as UK numbers. Callers from outside the UK should remove the leading zero and use the UK country code (+44).

NamePositionContact detailsLocationPhoto
Academic staff
Philip ClarkProfessor
JCMB
3421
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Sinead FarringtonProfessor
JCMB
3418
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Yanyan GaoChancellors Fellow
JCMB
3407
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Christos LeonidopoulosPersonal Chair of Experimental Particle Physics
JCMB
3408
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Victoria MartinProfessor
JCMB
3419
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Research staff
Sara AlderweireldtPostdoctoral Research Associate
JCMB
Dominik DudaPostdoctoral Research Fellow
JCMB
Stephan EisenhardtSenior Research Fellow
JCMB
3412
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Guillermo Nicolas HamityPostdoctoral Research Associate
JCMB
3404
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Liza MijovicSenior Research Associate
JCMB
3417
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Tong QiuPostdoctoral Research Associate
JCMB
3417
Ben WynnePostdoctoral Research Associate
JCMB
3416
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Zhongyukun XuPostdoctoral Research Associate
JCMB
3416
Other staff
Bojan MasicSenior Electronics Research Technician
JCMB
3412
Jon WebsterSenior Research Group Technician
JCMB
3413
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Research postgraduates
Julia AllenPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Thomas CarterPostgraduate Student
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Jennifer CurranPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Richards GonzálezPostgraduate Student
JCMB
3305
Matthew HeathPostgraduate Student
JCMB
5301
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Cheng JiangPostgraduate Student
JCMB
3305
Muhammad Firdaus Mohd SoberiPostgraduate Student
JCMB
3305
Emily TakevaPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Neofytos ThemistokleousPostgraduate Student
JCMB
3420
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Fuat UstunerPostgraduate Student
JCMB
3305
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Elena VillhauerPostgraduate Student
JCMB
5301