Search for new physics with the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the LHC


It is widely believed that the recent start of the operation of the Large Hadron Collider [LHC] at CERN will present a major crossroads for the field of Particle Physics. The prevailing theory, the Standard Model (SM) of particle interactions, which has been extremely successful in describing all physical phenomena observed and measured at all experiments in the past twenty years, is widely believed to be only an effective theory, which must be modified in order to achieve a description of particles and their interactions at higher energies. The LHC now provides proton-proton collisions at the highest energies yet and is enabling experiments to probe the SM at unprecedented scales, providing the ground to both complete the SM and to probe for potential physics beyond the SM.

The LHC will provide a complete experimental investigation of the TeV energy scale:

  • it will search for the Higgs particle, the only missing component of the SM, and
  • it will probe a plethora of other possibilities such as the existence in nature of new symmetries like supersymmetry, additional space dimensions, and possibly observe an entirely new set of particles and even forces.

We propose to do forefront physics using the ATLAS and CMS detectors at the LHC, and to also prepare for the next stage in the evolution of these experiments. In particular, we are planning to work on the measurement of a number of basic and very important measurements in the context of the Standard Model, with both pp and heavy-ion collisions, on the search for new physics, in particular supersymmetry and possible new interactions and finally on the design and construction of improvements for the two detectors in anticipation of higher-luminosity running of the LHC in the future.

Project info

Scientific Coordinator:
Sphicas Paraskevas
Research Team 2 Leader:
Foudas Constantinos
Research Team 3 Leader:
Tsipolitis Georgios


Duration (months):
600 000.00