High-Energy Experiment

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 group is comprised of Professors James Bensinger, Craig BlockerGabriella Sciolla.

The Brandeis group is a member of the ATLAS collaboration, which built one of the two large, general purpose detectors for the LHC. In the LHC, beams of protons collide at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV, the highest energy particle collisions in the world.

The LHC provides the potential for many discoveries and precision measurements of many parameters. The Brandeis group is active on many key analyses in ATLAS, including the measurement of the properties of the newly discovered Higgs boson, as well as the search for additional Z' gauge bosons, lepton-flavor violation, supersymmetry, excited leptons, left-right symmetric theories, and large extra dimensions.

The Brandeis ATLAS group is very active on detector activities, Brandeis faculty and staff have been key contributors to the ATLAS Muon detector, both in building and operating the detector (Bensinger, Blocker) and in contributing to the Muon Combined Performance group (Sciolla). More recently, Brandeis became a member of the ITk Strips Collaboration for which Sciolla serves as the L2 Manager in the US.