Undergraduate Student Research Positions with the ATLAS Toronto Group
The University of Toronto ATLAS group
has several summer student positions open
to USRA recipients and other students for summer 2017. The group comprises six faculty
Teuscher (based at CERN) and
Trischuk), four postdoctoral fellows and approximately 15 graduate students.
The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, in Geneva Switzerland,
is studying the very highest collision energies ever observed in the lab.
The most exciting discovery to date has been the observation
of a new particle at 125 GeV, with properties consistent with the Standard
Model Higgs boson.
We continue increasing the size of our dataset and analyzing it for insights and
Summer students will be working with us in projects involving data analysis and
advanced instrumentation development.
Perhaps something un-expected will emerge from the data-taking while you're looking!
Project topics and potential supervisors include:
Physics Studies for ATLAS:
Simulation of physics events in the ATLAS detector and development of
data selection and analysis techniques for specific physics channels.
The LHC has been colliding
protons at 13 TeV since 2015 and the group is involved in analysis of channels
including multiple W and Z bosons, top quarks and Higgs bosons.
There will be opportunities to look at some of the very newest data.
Who knows, perhaps we will makea discovery this summer!
Contact: Pierre Savard
Richard Teuscher or
Inner Tracker Upgrade Readout Electronics:
The ATLAS collaboration is replacing it's inner detector
in 2023 with a new Inner Tracker (ITk).
The collision intensity and radiation background will mean that
both the particle sensors and associated readout electronics must
be more radiation-tolerant and run at much higher data
transfer speeds. In Toronto we are building prototype silicon
sensor assemblies in association with Celestica, a company specializing in the
fabrication of high-density electronics. There is
the possibility that a student will have the opportunity to work in the
Celestica company micro-electronics facility.
We will be testing sensor assemblies in the department using a beta irradiation
Bob Orr or
At CERN a student with, for example, an
IPP summer fellowship or participating
in the project through the Woodsworth Science Abroad program, will be
able to join our efforts in understanding how the ITk readout electronics
responds to neutron and ionizing radiation dosage.
This work will use intense radioactive sources and particle beams at CERN.
Contact: Richard Teuscher or
The Toronto group is also involved in the design and simulation of the ITk.
The ITk will have to function in an environment where the LHC
beams will create up to 200 collisions at one time.
We will be working to better understand and improve the simulation
software the ATLAS collaboration has developed to model and predict the performance
of the tracking system.
ATLAS Detector Simulation:
Upgrades to the ATLAS detector for 2023 include modifying the readout system for the
current liquid argon calorimeter.
This work involves simulation of the existing forward
calorimeter in the higher-rate environment, where the response is expected to be degraded, as
well as simulations of proposed detector upgrade scenarios.
A separate project involves developing a more efficient calorimeter simulation for the
Peter Krieger or
Contact: Pekka Sinervo
Pixel Diamond Beam Monitor:
During the 2013-14 LHC machine stop, ATLAS augmented its beam
monitoring and safety system to include a series of diamond pixel
tracking telescopes. They saw first beam in 2015 and 2016. We are continuing
to work to optimise their performance. There will be a number of
self-contained projects associated with this, that would be suitable
for undergraduate research students.
Contact: William Trischuk
We will consider applications from students not holding a USRA
award, but USRA recipients are given priority. There may be some
opportunity for some of these students to spend at least part of the
summer at CERN, but that will depend on funding and the nature of the project.
For more information, contact the people listed above for each position.