The ATLAS team at Northern Illinois University

ATLAS is one of the two general-purpose detectors designed to study proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of up to 14 TeV to be delivered by the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Several members of the Experimental High Energy Physics Group at NIU participate in the ATLAS project. "The ATLAS program at NIU is funded by the US National Science Foundation The team currently consists of Here's a list of former members.

The NIU group is engaged in several critical tasks in operations of the ATLAS detector, its planned upgrade, and high-priority physics analyses. Some of these activities are conducted in close collaboration with colleagues at the Argonne National Laboratory.

Detector operation

The NIU team is contributing to the running of the ATLAS experiment through the following tasks:
  • Physics Support:
  • In the past the team has contributed to In addition to the above activities, team members also take detector and software operation shifts appropriate for their areas of involvement.

    Detector upgrade

    NIU is responsible for assembling half of all the "LVBox"es needed to supply low-voltage power to the TileCal on-detector electronics for the High-Luminosity (HL-LHC) upgrade of ATLAS.

    Physics analysis

    The NIU team's main physics interests are in searches for physics beyond the Standard Model through Higgs interactions. Specific topics currently under study include

    Other involvements

    In relation to and extension of the above interests and activities, members of the group have in the past contributed to several other tasks including

    Useful links

    For ATLAS collaborators CERN and LHC pages For HEP folks (mostly)
    ATLAS at work (password-protected) CERN users' pages arXiv e-print archive
    ATLAS TWiki Portal CERN phone book Spires HEP database
    ATLAS Operation Task Planner (to book shifts) CERN document server (CDS) Spires HEP review literature
    ATLAS Glance database TWiki at CERN The PDG review of particle physics
    ATLAS Collaborative tools LHC Page 1 (OP Vistars)

    For anyone interested in particle physics Related to NIU
    The particle adventure - A fun tour of particle physics NIU ATLAS weekly meetings - Particle physics news and resources NIU ATLAS GRID Tier 3 facility
    CERN - The European center for research in particle physics NIU ATLAS member registry
    LHC - The Large Hadron Collider (accelerator) at CERN NIU ATLAS electronic logbook
    ATLAS - A general-purpose experiment at the LHC NIU HEP group
    CMS - Another general-purpose experiment at the LHC NICADD

    The NIU ATLAS team's research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation

    For more information, contact Prof. Dhiman Chakraborty or Prof. Jahred Adelman

    Last updated: DC, 2018-01-20.