Our Department is focused on both experimental and phenomenological studies of forward physics and in particluar diffractive processes and those with diffractive-like signatures observed in interactions of elementary particles.
We carry out our research taking part in two experiments:
- ATLAS at the Large Hadron Collider, LHC at CERN, Switzerland,
- STAR at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, RHIC located in Brookhaven National Laboratory, BNL, USA.
In ATLAS we are involved in the ATLAS Roman Pots system consisting of two components:
These two ATLAS sub-components are devoted to tagging of the forward scattered protons which are one of the diffractive process signatures. The former allows selection of diffractive(-like) processes in which a proton lost a sizeable part of its energy and the LHC is used as a magnetic spectrometer. Such data are collected during regular LHC runs.
ALFA was designed to the measurement of the proton-proton elastic scattering. Elastic data can be gathered only during special, dedicated data collection periods and used to determine absolute luminosity of the accelerator.
As members of the STAR Collaboration we work mainly on elastic scattering of protons at RHIC energies.
Our responsibilities cover the experimental data analyses, trigger and data acquisition and detector control systems as well as such indispensable elements of an experiment as the apparatus tests, installation, alignment and data reconstruction.
|prof. Janusz J. Chwastowski|
|Head of the Department|