Physicists awarded £8.3M to investigate building blocks of a Universe

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University of Liverpool physicists have been awarded £8.3million by a Science and Technology Funding Council (STFC) to investigate a building blocks of a Universe.

The appropriation will support pivotal experiments being undertaken by a University’s Particle Physics organisation in Europe, a US and Japan.


The group’s neutrino team, and co-winners of a 2016 Breakthrough Prize, will continue to investigate a phenomena, that is suspicion to safeguard a superiority of matter over antimatter in a Universe, during experiments in Japan and a USA.

The matter-antimatter ‘riddle’ will also be investigated by a organisation operative during CERN on a LHCb experiment.

Higgs particle

The largest partial of a organisation is study a top appetite molecule collisions ever constructed during a Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on a ATLAS experiment. They will make pointing studies of a Higgs particle, and control studies that they wish will exhibit a inlet of ‘dark matter.’

Dark matter is suspicion to paint about 25% of a calm of a Universe though roughly zero is famous about a properties.


For a initial time in over 20 years Liverpool researchers will be operative with Fermilab, a US’s reflection to CERN, to control partial of a programme.

The organisation hopes to infer a existence of new production over a strech of a LHC by creation what is arguably a many accurate dimensions ever attempted in molecule physics.

Professor Themis Bowcock, Head of Particle Physics during a University, said: “This confirms Liverpool’s purpose as one of a UKs largest centres for initial elemental physics. We are really unapproachable of a organisation here during Liverpool that has supposing orchestration for both a LHC and a neutrino programme world-wide.

“Our challenge, over a subsequent 4 years, is to be during a slicing corner of production and to make certain that Liverpool is synonymous with discovery.”

Professor Christos Touramanis, Head of a University’s Department of Physics commented: “This considerable peer-reviewed endowment is a outrageous opinion of certainty to a peculiarity of investigate in Liverpool Particle Physics, and a vital enabler to serve raise a care in find scholarship internationally. It is success built on individuals’ value and dedication, and strong, desirous leadership.”

World leaders

Professor John Womersley, molecule physicist and Chief Executive of STFC said: “UK molecule physicists are star leaders in expanding a bargain of some of a biggest and deepest questions in science.

“The support we have announced will capacitate this impossibly successful investigate community, including a organisation during a University of Liverpool, not usually to analyse a new information entrance from CERN though also to continue to enthuse destiny generations with a fad of finding how a star works.”

Source: University of Liverpool