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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

The IPPP will offer again this summer the possibility of working on a project for about three weeks. The topic and the names of the supervisors are given below. The exact dates can be agreed individually with the supervisor; successful applicants will receive 100 pounds per week from the IPPP. In the previous years this turned out to be a very successful program. Last year some of the students managed even to write a publication.

Interested students should contact alexander.lenz@durham.ac.uk.

Celine Boehm - What is the origin of Matter-anti matter annihilations in our galaxy?

A bright gamma-ray signal has been repeatedly observed since the 70s in our galactic centre. The signal is suggestive of matter-anti matter but the source of this anti matter is unknown. The project will explore one possible explanation related to the presence of dark matter particles in the core of the Milky Way. The work will involve solving equations, doing numerical calculations, learning some basics of astrophysics and particle physics. Dr C. Boehm & A. Vincent will be supervising the project.

David Cerdeno - Introduction to the detection of dark matter particles

Astrophysical and cosmological evidence indicates that the majority of the matter in the Universe takes the form of non-luminous particles known as dark matter. The detection and identification of this new kind of matter constitutes one of the main open problems in modern Astroparticle Physics. In this project we will investigate ways to detect these particles in experiments on Earth, through their collisions with a target material.

Alexander Lenz - Indirect Searches for New Physics

New unknown fundamental particles could be produced directly in particle accelerators, if the collider energy is larger than the masses of the new particles. In addition such new particle would also have a more subtle effect, they would modify many experimental observables via virtual effects. In the project such virtual effects will be investigated assuming that the standard model of particle physics is extended by additional Higgs bosons.

Daniel Maitre - Visualisation of LHC predictions

The aim of this project is to develop an interface to visualize theory predictions for the LHC to help with their interpretation.

Simon Platzer - Simulation of jet production at the LHC

Simulation of scattering processes at collider experiments such as the LHC is a central tool for both experimental and theoretical studies. Jet production is a probe of the strong interaction, described by Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), and improved simulations are needed to obtain a reasonable description of measured data. Such improved simulations are currently developed within the event generator software Herwig++, one of the efforts central to the activities of IPPP. The project will cover selected aspects of different simulation strategies to jet production at the LHC, including comparison to measured data. It is centered around the interface between particle theory and experiment, and will involve state-of-the-art methods of computational physics. Thus a background in Linux and ideally experience with Python and/or C++ are welcome.