I am currently head of Particle Physics, a post I took up in 2011. My aim to support the group to tackle the most fundamental of problems in Physics. The group has experiments at CERN, Fermilab and in Tokai (Japan) as well as SNOlab in Canada. We work at the energy frontier (ATLAS) and precision frontiers (LHCb, NA62) at CERN and g-2 (FNAL). We have a programme understanding the properties of neutrinos at T2K and HK (Japan), Proto-Dune and DUNE. The group leads in the UK an initiative to make terrestial measurements of Dark Energy using Quantum Technologies and has joined the LZ experiment for DM (dark matter). All these experiments should lead us to a better understanding of the nature of matter (luminous and dark), to understand the predominance of matter over anti-matter, to understand the properties of neutrinos, and to make first measurements of DE.
I strongly believe that the group must be involved closely with both theoretical developments and enabling technologies and am actively involved in building relationships between our engineering departments and CERN.
From 1997-2011 my LHCb group to build the VELO detectors which is one of the highest precision detectors at the LHC and has enabled the LHCb experiment to make critical measurements of the properties of B meson days. Previously I was a member of the DELPHI group where I made precision measurements of B-lifetimes and WW couplings.
I am currently working on the LHCb upgrade due to take data early next decade. I am also working on the g-2 experiment at FNAL, where Liverpool is building the tracking detectors, and hopes to study the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon and its electric dipole moment (EDM). Liverpool has joined with Yannis Semertzidis proton EDM group to propose a new experiment to make ground breaking measurements of the pEDM at CERN. I am also trying to build a small lab experiment to attempt to look for evidence of the foam like nature of space and time at the Peanck scale.
You can find out more details on my personal site.
Prizes or Honours
- Visiting Chair (University College Dublin, 2008)
- CERN Scientific Associate (CERN, 2009)