Members of the Glasgow team

The Glasgow team is led by Andy Buckley, and is concentrated on the CEDAR project to develop methods and machinery for interpretation of MC simulations and collider physics data. It is hosted within the Glasgow Particle Physics Experiment and Theory groups, with a 13 academic staff and around 45 researchers and students.

Our current projects are development of the Rivet toolkit to provide automatic handling of sets of "systematics weights" which encode information about MC simulation uncertainties, to support the analysis modes used in heavy ion physics e.g. by ALICE and RHIC, and to establish a complete library of LHC Run 2 beyond-Standard-Model search analyses using fast detector-parametrisation.

This last topic is also linked to the CONTUR project, which leverages Rivet's large collection of collider measurements to place statistical limits on BSM models. Our overarching aim is to create machinery which can comprehensively test the latest new physics models and MC tools against the full output of LHC data analysis.

An alternative BSM analysis strategy is the TopFitter approach, led by Glasgow. TopFitter uses MCnet machinery to add effective field theory (EFT) interactions to SM simulation, and explore the O(15) parameter space of top-quark physics, comparing to all available data from the Tevatron and LHC. Rivet and MCnet generators are used, in combination with the Professor tuning toolkit which permits efficient statistical profiling through the parameter space.

While the description above centres on current BSM activity, the Glasgow group also welcomes applications for short-term studentships to work on Rivet statistics and heavy ion machinery, extensions and novel applications of the YODA and Professor systems, or the LHAPDF and HepMC libraries.