Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics (PPPA)

Welcome to the group

We have aimed at Sheffield to build a group with expertise that bridges the best in experimental accelerator particle physics with the best activity in the emerging new field of astroparticle physics. Both areas stand now on the cusp of making great discoveries.

Discoveries at the very heart of our quest to understand the Universe both at very small scales, the building blocks of matter, and at the very largest, the structure of the cosmos itself. These scales are intimately connected by a common origin, the Big Bang. So welcome to the group, please delve further into the pages here and whether you are an interested observer or a hardened academic we hope you find them useful.

Research themes:

Particle physics

Energy Frontier

Studies of the Standard Model and searches for new physics at the highest energies with the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

  • Studies of the production and properties of the Higgs boson and other Standard Model particles
  • Searches for new Higgs bosons and new particles predicted by Supersymmetry
  • Construction of a new tracking detector (ITk) for the High-Luminosity LHC
  • Operation of the SCT tracking detector
  • Software development and Grid computing

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Neutrino Frontier

Measurements of neutrino masses and mixings and searches for new sources of CP violation

  • Long Baseline Neutrino Experiments in Japan: T2K, Super-K and Hyper-K
  • Deep Underground Neutrino Experiments in the USA: DUNE, SBND
  • Neutrino detector prototypes: Annie, ProtoDUNE
  • Reactor monitoring with neutrinos: WATCHMAN
  • R&D towards a future muon accelerator for neutrino physics: MICE

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Dark matterGravitational waves

Cosmic Frontier

Direct searches for dark matter particles

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Searches for sources of gravitational waves

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Muon tomography

Applied Particle Physics

Applications of particle physics ideas and techniques to improve lives and benefit the economy

Prospective students

The Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics (PPPA) group at the University of Sheffield is looking for excellent students to join our PhD programme. PhD studentships have a duration of up to 4 years. We have a few fully funded studentships of (most providing funds for 3.5 years) to be awarded competitively.

For more information and a comprehensive list of projects available please visit our prospective postgraduate students page