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Search for new physics with top decays at ATLAS

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The top quark is the heaviest known fundamental particle (about 40% heavier than the Higgs boson) and its properties could be especially sensitive to possible new physics beyond the Standard Model. The LHC is a "top factory", providing very large samples of top quarks to study. This PhD project involves
the measurement of top quark properties from data recorded by the ATLAS experiment during the first LHC data-taking period, 2011-2012, as well as that to be recorded from 2015 onwards in LHC Run 2. The Birmingham ATLAS group has pioneered the measurement of spin correlation in top-antitop pairs, which probes the top-quark production mechanism in proton-proton collisions. This project also involves contributing to the group’s technical responsibilities for the maintenance and development of the ATLAS experiment. Some travel to CERN will be necessary, with the possibility of an extended stay at CERN during the studentship.

This project will take place within the Particle Physics group at the University. For details of the group and to find out more about studying for a PhD in this group, please refer to
More generic aspects of PhD study at the University of Birmingham, including the Doctoral Research Prospectus, can be found at

Funding Notes

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more.
Non-UK Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 39.00

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