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 Blocker, Bjoern PenningGabriella Sciolla, Marcelle Soares-Santos.

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.

This is a very exciting time in particle physics, and the LHC provides the potential for many discoveries. 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.