Dr Chris Booth
Reader in Experimental Particle Physics
- Room: D24
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My research interests centre around neutrino physics, and the enabling accelerator techniques which could be used in future neutrino research. I am a member of the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment (MICE), testing methods of reducing muon phase-space so that a muon beam could be accelerated for a future neutrino factory or muon collider (e.g. Higgs factory). I also conduct research on very high power targets under the auspices of PASI (Proton Accelerators for Science and Innovation), and have recently joined the DUNE neutrino experiment, being built in the US.
B.A. (Hons) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge 1976
Research Associate, University of Cambridge 1979 – 1985
Third Year Tutor (since 2003)
Faculty Teaching Affairs Committee (2003 – 2009)
Chair of MICE Institutes Board
My main research interest is in the study of neutrinos – the least well-understood of the particles we know exist! I have recently joined the DUNE experiment in the US, but my main research activity is in the development of new accelerator techniques, which could be used to produce neutrino beams in a future Neutrino Factory.
A stored beam of accelerated muons would produce an intense, high energy beam of neutrinos. However, muons can only be trapped and accelerated after they have had their phase space reduced, that is they have been “cooled”. The Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment, MICE, is an international project based at the Rutherford Appleton Lab (RAL). The Sheffield team has built the dynamic target mechanism for MICE, and is responsible for the monitoring and operation of other key items of hardware. We are also analyzing data to study energy loss and scattering as muons pass through matter. I am chair of the Institutes Board of the experiment, and my RAs hold key positions including Duty Coordinator, responsible for the safe construction and operation of the apparatus.
To produce sufficient muons requires a very high intensity pulsed proton beam to interact with a target, and I am also involved in high power target research, currently as part of PASI, Proton Accelerators for Science and Innovation. The techniques are also relevant to other high intensity accelerators, and we are contributing to the proposed upgrade of the ISIS neutron sources at RAL.
Research funding (major recent awards)
PASI High Power targets, STFC, £163K (2012-2016, PI)
Undergraduate taught modules
PHY304 Particle Physics
PHY341 Physics project (project organizer and supervisor)
PHY250/PHY251/PHY221 Second Year core physics
Postgraduate taught courses
Detector Techniques for Particle Physics
Recent key publications
C.N. Booth et al. “The design, construction and performance of the MICE target”, J. Inst. 8 (2013) P03006; arXiv: 1211.6343v5.
G.P. Skoro et al. "Dynamic Young’s moduli of tungsten and tantalum at high temperature and stress", J. Nucl. Mat. 409 (2011) 40-46.
D. Adams et al. “Characterisation of the muon beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment”, E. Phys. J C73 (2013) 2582; arXiv:1306.1509.
A. Ahmad, C. Booth et al. “Generic study on the design and operation of high power targets”, Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 17(2):024701 (2014).
D. Adey et al. “Light sterile neutrino sensitivity at the nuSTORM facility”, Phys. Rev. D89 (2014) 071301; arXiv:1402.5250.
C.N. Booth et al. “The design and performance of an improved target for MICE”, J. Inst. 11 (2016) P05006; arXiv:1603.07143.
Author or co-author on over 600 publications, including those from the MICE, ATLAS, HARP, ALEPH, UA2, UA5 and BC64 collaborations.
|Public Engagement||Regular schools talks on Particle Physics for sixth-formers:
• Quarks, Leptons and the LHC
• Mysterious Neutrinos
Member of Sheffield Diocesan Science & Faith group