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The LHCb Experiment

Simone Bifani, Georgios Chatzikonstantinidis, Nathanael Farley, Peter Griffith, Ian Kenyon, Cristina Lazzeroni, Sasha Mazurov, Luca Pescatore, Tonino Sergi, Mark Slater, Nigel Watson, Tim Williams, Kristian Zarebski
LHCb detector

LHCb is specialized "heavy flavour" experiment currently collecting and analysing data at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

The LHCb experiment is a single arm, forward spectrometer at the LHC which has been optimized to study CP violation and "rare" decays with very high precision. The angular coverage is restricted to the region between 10 and 250-300 mrad from the proton beam axis, and the experiment operates at a lower luminosity that ATLAS and CMS to reduce the number of overlapping interactions per bunch crossing. It has excellent reconstruction of multiple vertices per event and measurement of proper decay times using silicon microstrip detectors, as well as particle identification provided by Ring Imaging Cherenkov detectors.

Our technical role in the project includes data management/grid operations and responsibility within the overall simulation of the detector for GEANT4 modelling. This involves benchmarking and regression testing of simulation code (and the LHCbPr framework to carry out this benchmarking) and physic-based testing. We are also working on the electronics and system tests for the RICH upgrade, and PMT ageing tests.

We have a wide range of physics interests and are always willing to consider others! Currently we are searching for physics beyond the standard model by studying rare decay modes of b baryons, charmless decays of B mesons, lepton universality tests and electroweak physics of gauge bosons.

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