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Hadron Collider Physics

The Edinburgh and Glasgow groups all have a strong involvement in experiments at existing hadron colliders where we can search for new physics signals and study the properties of the proton in great detail. The HERA accelerator in Hamburg collides electrons or positrons with protons, allowing detailed study of the internal structure of the proton. The Tevatron collider at Fermilab in Chicago collides protons and anti-protons at 2 TeV, providing the highest energy data available today. This allowed for the discovery of the top quark and work continues on determining the top quark mass and studying hadrons containing the bottom quark. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN started operations in 2009 with proton-proton collisions at 7 TeV. This is the highest energy facility in the world and will be the focus of collider physics for the next decade, with the hope of discovering the Higgs particle. We collaborate in experiments at each of these, and are active in the associated phenomenology calculations.

Fermilab | DESY | CERN

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