A heavy quark-antiquark bound state has been an object of experimental and theoretical investigations over more than 40 years. Apart from an insight into the workings of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD, the theory of strong interactions) quarkonium production at the LHC appears to be exceptionally useful in a wide variety of tasks, ranging from detector performance and trigger efficiency studies to the analysis of the transverse structure of the proton and the determination of the Higgs boson couplings to fermions. Members of the Lancaster group have been instrumental in the vast majority of quarkonium studies performed in ATLAS.
Recently a variety of "new observables" in quarkonium production studies have been suggested, some of which - the production of vector quarkonium in association with a vector boson - have been performed in ATLAS. They showed a large excess over the expectation of theoretical calculations, thus injecting new interest into quarkonium physics. Other similar measurements are in progress using the data from Run II of the LHC, and more are being planned.
The PhD student will be expected to play a major role in one or more of these analyses.
Applicants are normally expected to have the equivalent of a first (1) or upper second (2.1) degree class in Physics or Astrophysics.
The Physics Department is holder of Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.
Closing Date We accept applications at any time, but for full consideration for funding, you should apply by 31st January 2020. Tentative interview dates: 19th and 20th February 2020
Funding for this project is available to citizens of the UK/EU (Residency restrictions apply). Applications from non-EU citizens will be considered, provided the applicant has access to an alternative source of funding.