The Brandeis experimental High-energy physics group has a long history of studying weak and strong interactions at the world's highest energy hadron colliders. Currently our research is focused on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the international accelerator laboratory CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Brandeis group is a member of the ATLAS collaboration, which has built one of the two large, general purpose detectors for the LHC. The LHC had its initial data run during the past year (2010) colliding protons with protons at a center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV, surpassing the current highest energy collider energy by a factor of 3.5. During this run, both LHC collider and the ATLAS detector have performed extremely well, giving us the first exciting look at particle physics at this energy scale. Data taken in the ATLAS experiment are transferred to Brandeis for analysis.
This is a very exciting time in particle physics, and the LHC provides the potential for many exciting discoveries. The Brandeis group is interested in many of these topics, including discovery of the Higgs boson, search for lepton flavor violation, search for additional Z' gauge bosons, supersymmetry, and the search for large extra dimensions.