The long-established RHUL ATLAS group is renowned for its expertise in physics (Higgs, top quark and exotic signatures involving electrons), statistical methods as well as trigger and data acquisition systems. The group is also heavily involved in the upcoming upgrades of the detector in view of the High-Luminosity running of the LHC.
The successful candidate will make use of the 13.6 TeV collisions dataset, collected during the LHC Run 3 (starting in 2022), to investigate the production of Higgs bosons in association with top quarks or the production of Higgs particles in pairs. These measurements are crucial for measuring the strength of the coupling between the Higgs boson and the top quark and the strength of the Higgs boso self-coupling, respectively, thereby testing the consistency of the Standard Model. Using the full LHC Run 3 dataset will allow much-increased precision of such tests and could point to signs of physics beyond the Standard Model.
In addition, PhD students in the RHUL ATLAS group contribute to the development of the ATLAS trigger system, as well as to the operation of the ATLAS detector at CERN.
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