ATLAS: Measurement of the coupling between the top-quark and the Z-boson
The student will work on the analysis of the data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. The coupling of the top-quark to the Z-boson is a parameter of the Standard Model, which can be measured with a good precision during the second run of the LHC. The student will study the production of top-quark pairs in association with a Z-boson. The measurement of this important process is also essential to understand the background to new physics phenomena such as Supersymmetry. The student will work in collaboration with an international team and will also be expected to participate to the ATLAS experimental work.
Frequent travel to CERN in Geneva will be required. There may also be the possibility of spending longer periods based at CERN.
The ATLAS group at the University of Sheffield has been involved in searches for Supersymmetry since the start of ATLAS and we are now heavily involved in the analysis of data from the second run of the LHC.