BGU Accepted into ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider

Ben Gurion University of the Negev was accepted into the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) as an associated institute last month.

The ATLAS collaborative experiment is one of the four major experiments at the LHC, located at the CERN international laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC, operating since 2009, is the world's most powerful particle accelerator and collider, and the ATLAS experiment, the largest volume detector ever constructed for a particle collider, is positioned to take advantage of the LHC's immense scientific potential.  ATLAS explores many fundamental physics topics in an effort to answer questions such as what are the basic building blocks and forces of the universe.  

Among its many measurements, ATLAS has famously discovered the Higgs Boson in proton, and has watched the LHC function like a time-machine in recreating the conditions immediately after the Big Bang using heavy-ion collisions. ATLAS at the LHC has enjoyed great success in its operation until now, and expects more exciting results in the coming years.


צבי ציטרון.jpgATLAS includes more than 180 institutions around the world representing 38 countries.  BGU is joining the Weizmann Institute of Science (the sponsoring institution), Tel Aviv University, and the Technion in the ATLAS Israel team.  The BGU group, led by Dr. Zvi Citron (pictured right), will focus on the collisions of heavy ions and forward physics.