Experimental particle physics and accelerator physics

The Particle Physics Group is highly regarded internationally and plays a leading role in precision tests of the Standard Model and in searches for new particles and phenomena

The group includes world leaders in the following areas: the physics of the tau lepton and B mesons, searches for supersymmetric particles, theoretical explorations of new physics signatures in low energy processes, and calibrations for measurements of dark energy. The group is engaged in studying the breakdown of matter-antimatter symmetry at the BaBar experiment at SLAC, and is operating and analyzing data from both the ATLAS experiment to explore the high energy frontier at CERN, and the T2K long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment in Japan. The development and fabrication of detectors for these experiments took place locally at UVic and at the TRIUMF laboratory. The group is also involved in exploiting GRID computing for particle physics applications. Additionally, the group leads the collaboration providing the fundamental calibration for measurements of dark energy.

UVic is one of 11 universities that operate the TRIUMF laboratory in Vancouver. TRIUMF has a large cyclotron that is used for experiments in low-intermediate energy subatomic physics and has recently commissioned the ISAC facility for studying unstable nuclear isotopes of interest in, e.g., stellar evolution. The laboratory supplied accelerator components to CERN for the Large Hadron Collider and is where parts of the BaBar, ATLAS and T2K detectors were built. UVic is participating in the construction of a new electron accelerator at TRIUMF.

For more information about the research program and the people involved, see the Victoria Subatomic Physics and Accelerator Research Centre (VISPA).