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Searching for New Physics at the high energy frontier

The ATLAS experiment is based at CERN, Geneva. It will make use of the Large Hadron Collider, which will collide protons and anti-protons at a centre-of mass energy of 14TeV, the highest energy collisions ever to be created in a laboratory. First collisions are expected to happen in 2007, and will open a window on to previously inaccessible physics at very high energies. It is hoped that ATLAS will provide experimental evidence for some of the most fundamental questions in physics.

The Liverpool ATLAS group is engaged in a number of physics analysis research topics as well as core software projects. These include searches for the Higgs Boson, extra dimensions and supersymmetry. Standard Model physics, such as electroweak processes and top quark physics, will also be studied. Liverpool is involved in the development of b-tagging algorithms, and has been responsible for part of the silicon tracking system, one of the SCT endcaps, and is developing software for monitoring the SCT.

We are also involved in research and development of the upgrade to SuperLHC.

- A beam's eye view of modules in the SCT