College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences

Large Hadron Collider

Experimental HEP


The main focus of our experimental research is the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC is the world's highest energy collider and it is probing physics and processes in a completely new energy regime. Early research focusses on the search for the Higgs  boson and the search for evidence of new types of particle production. 

The UCR experimental group, consisting of Professors Clare, Ellison, Gary, Hanson, Long and Wimpenny are members of the Compact Muon Solenoid Collaboration (CMS), which is one of the two large multi-purpose experiments at the LHC. The UCR group currently has 4 postdoctoral researchers and 10 graduate students working on CMS.

On campus our facilities include a clean room used for silicon module testing and a mid-sized Tier 3 computing cluster (320 CPUs and 170 TBytes of disk storage) connected to the Open Science Grid (OSG). The OSG is the backbone of LHC computing in the US and is a part of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG).

Our data analysis interests include Higgs physics, searches for Supersymmetry, searches for heavy neutrinos and other new phenomena, and precision Top Quark measurements. On the hardware side, we are working on the CMS central silicon tracker, the hadron calorimeter and the endcap muon spectrometers.




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