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17 Dec 2017

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09/11/17
The inauguration of the SuperNEMO neutrinoless double beta decay experiment featured in the UCL News article “Probing the nature of the neutrino using SuperNEMO”. Further information can be found in the STFC News article, “UK team probe the nature of the neutrino one mile underneath a mountain”.

21/09/17
The UK and US governemnts have signed a landmark agreement on scientific cooperation. In particular the agreement commits 65 million pounds to the DUNE long-baseline experiment which the group are working on as part of our 20 year involvement with the US neutrino physics program. For further details, UCL News article

01/06/17
The first beams have circulated in the Fermilab Muon g-2 experiment; the UK participation in which is led from UCL.

09/05/17
To mark the completion of Linac 4, the new injector for the LHC, Dr Simon Jolly was interviewed by BBC World News about the project. You can watch the video of the interview here (video courtesy of BBC World News).

05/05/17
Prof. Jenny Thomas of UCL HEP has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Congratulations Jenny! See more here.

21/07/16
New world-leading results from the LUX dark matter experiment constrain WIMP particle interactions above 0.22 zepto barns.

01/03/16
Marie Curie Early Career Researcher in Calorimetry for Proton Therapy.

The UCL HEP group is inviting applications for a Marie Curie Early Career Researcher in Proton Therapy. More information is available on our Proton Therapy Marie Curie ECR page. Closing date: 28/3/16.

30/01/16
Proton beam cancer therapy ‘effective with fewer side effects’
“A cancer treatment at the centre of an NHS controversy in 2014 causes fewer side effects in children than conventional radiotherapy, according to new research.
The study, published in The Lancet Oncology, suggests proton beam therapy is as effective as other treatments.”

09/12/15
England's first proton beam cancer therapy centre is developed in London
“The new centre, near Euston in central London, will offer the treatment as well as housing Europe's largest blood disorder treatment unit. ...
“BBC London's correspondent Katharine Carpenter speaks to the family of a four-year-old girl who had to travel to America for treatment.”

09/12/15
Work begins on new centre to revolutionise cancer care
“A young cancer patient was the guest of honour at an event to mark the start of work on 25,000 square metres of state of the art cancer and surgical care facilities at UCLH.
“Keeva Hanbury, 4, was joined by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and actor and blood cancer campaigner Julian Rhind-Tutt as they officially ‘broke the ground’ at the site of UCLH’s new integrated proton beam therapy (PBT) and specialist cancer and surgical treatment facility.”

29/10/15
4 M€ Funding Awarded to Medical Accelerators Network
“... Improving ion beam therapy for enhanced cancer treatment is the goal of a new European research and training network that will focus on the Optimisation of Medical Accelerators (OMA).
The OMA project joins 24 institutions from all across Europe and will be coordinated by the Cockcroft Institute in the UK during its 4 year duration. The consortium has been awarded almost 4 M€ by the European Commission to train 15 Early Stage Researchers and carry out a cutting edge R&D program into treatment facility design, numerical simulations for the development of advanced therapies, and novel imaging techniques. ...”

28/09/15
Interview: With Proton Precision
Simon Jolly talks to David Smith about his early physics career and his current involvement in proton therapy in the UK.

26/08/15
Could proton beam therapy help cure the UK's toughest cancers?
“... The UK currently has a low-energy NHS proton beam facility at Clatterbridge cancer centre, in the Wirral, suitable for treating rare cancers of the eye, but complex cases need high energy proton beam therapy. ...”

12/03/15
PR Newswire: Varian Medical Systems Selected to Equip Two National Proton Therapy Centers in England
“... Under a public tender, Varian was selected as the preferred supplier to provide equipment and service to operate two three-room centers to be constructed in London and Manchester in a contract valued at up to £80 million. ...”

11/03/15
UCLH a step closer to UK's most advanced cancer treatment.
“ ...The Rosenheim Wing on Grafton Way, together with the adjacent vacant site, known as the Odeon site, will make way for a new patient facility which, subject to final approval, will include a PBT centre.
“David Probert, UCLH’s strategic development director, is overseeing the development programme with Kieran McDaid, UCLH’s director of estates leading on the construction project. David said, “The Rosenheim Wing is being taken down ‘brick by brick’ to minimise the disruption to the people and buildings in the area." ...
“It’s the end of an era for the Rosenheim Wing which was home to several clinical services until earlier this year when it closed to make way for the new facility.
“The building was named after Max Rosenheim. Max was originally appointed as a research assistant in the obstetric unit at University College Hospital in 1934 and rose through the ranks to become deputy director of the metabolic unit. He was knighted in 1967 and the building was renamed the Rosenheim Wing after his death in the early 1970s. The Rosenheim Wing is also remembered as the place where George Orwell died in 1950.
“The adjacent site has been vacant since the Odeon cinema was demolished in 1960.”

11/03/15
YouTube: UK National Proton Beam Therapy Programme

11/03/15
UCLH: Green light for proton beam therapy centre.
“The Department of Health has announced the preferred contractors for the building and supply of equipment for the proton beam therapy (PBT) service which will treat hundreds of patients each year at University College Hospital from 2018.
“UCLH’s preferred building contractor is Bouyges UK and the preferred equipment supplier for both the Christie and UCLH is Varian. Both were selected following a rigorous public procurement process.”

05/10/14
Reuters: Cancer-zapping proton therapy only suitable for rare patients.
“ ... Simon Jolly, a lecturer in accelerator physics at University College London (UCL), said these key features of the proton beam make it highly suited to some hard-to-reach tumors, or tumors growing very close to other key organs that could be badly affected by radiation, such as the brain stem or spinal cord. ‘What you're trying to do is deliver dose to the cells that you want to kill... and do it in a targeted way,’ Jolly told reporters at a briefing for reporters given by experts on proton therapy. ‘The key advantage with the proton is that it goes in and then stops. And it dumps must of its energy, doing most of its damage, at the end of its path. So not only are you doing less damage on the way in, but it also means that if there are sensitive areas on the far side of the tumor, you will not damage them.’ ... ”

17/07/14
This August, UCL is proud to host the Boost 2014 workshop. This will incorporate an event for the public on the evening of Wednesday 20 August, including a virtual visit to CERN.

16/07/14
LZ is selected as one of three next-generation dark matter experiments to be supported in the U.S..

09/07/14
1st year PhD student Sally Shaw and researcher Jim Dobson discuss their roles in the hunt for Dark Matter deep underground with the LUX experiment at SURF, S. Dakota..

15/04/14
Development of a Calorimeter for Clinical Proton Therapy Beams.

The UCL HEP group is inviting applications for a PhD studentship in Proton Therapy. More information is available on our Proton Therapy PhD Vacancies page. Closing date: 2/5/14.

03/11/13
First results from world’s most sensitive dark matter detector.
The LUX dark matter experiment, housed 1.5 km underground at the Sanford laboratory in S. Dakota, USA, has released results from its first science run to set world-leading constraints on dark matter interactions. LUX rules out the possibility that hints of signal seen in other experiments are from low-mass WIMPs, whilst achieving a peak sensitivity about three times better than any previous direct dark matter searches.

03/10/13
The AWAKE experiment that will demonstrate proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration for the first time ever has been approved by CERN. The CERN Research Board approved AWAKE which will use the 400 GeV SPS proton beam and is part of CERN's Medium Term Plan.

05/08/13
UCL Physics News: Funding approved for state-of-the-art UCLH Proton Therapy Cancer Facility.
“ ... ‘High energy physics isn’t just for exploring the sub-atomic universe,’ says Dr Simon Jolly, an accelerator physicist within the department working on both facilities. ‘The accelerator technology used in proton beam therapy comes directly from high energy physics, developed for particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider to investigate nature's fundamental building blocks. Without that pure research we wouldn’t have these tools for cancer treatment.’ ... ”

01/08/13
Government commits £250 million for innovative cancer treatment to save lives and reduce side effects. A major new cutting edge radiotherapy treatment will be available in the UK thanks to £250 million of government funding to build two new facilities in Manchester and London, Public Health Minister Anna Soubry confirmed today.

31/07/13
UCLH to provide world-leading radiotherapy for cancer patients. The world’s most advanced form of radiotherapy is coming to UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) after the Government today committed £250 million to bring Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) to the UK.

26/07/13
The muon storage ring for the FNAL g-2 experiment has successfully arrived in Fermilab after its 3000 mile truck, barge, truck journey from Brookhaven. Many pictures etc here and a party tonight in FNAL.

26/07/13
UCL is elected to the Fermilab Universities Research Association : we join Manchester as the two UK members of the association.

24/07/13
Prof. Higgs, Prof. Konstantinidis and Dr Cooper discussing recent developments and the future of High Energy Physics in the margins of the EPS-HEP Conference in Stockholm!

01/07/13
Jon Butterworth, Professor of Physics and Head of Department, has won the Institute of Physics' Chadwick Medal and Prize. More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

22/04/13
CERN is hosting a TEDx event on 3 May 2013. More information on this story is available from the main UCL News page.

15/11/12
An experiment to look for one of nature's most elusive subatomic particles is finally under water, in a stainless steel tank nearly a mile underground beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota. More information on this story is available from the Main UCL News page.

24/10/12
On Wednesday 24th October 2012 UCL High Energy Physicist Simon Jolly performed a stand-up comedy set at the annual Bright Club extravaganza at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre. For more information, including a recording of Simon's set, see our Bright Club web page.

04/10/12
Dr Anna Holin, a current member of the High Energy Physics (HEP) group has been awarded one of the five Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships. Additionally Dr Andrew Pilkington has been awarded a University Research Fellowship and will join the HEP group in January 2013. More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

04/07/12
The scientific community is celebrating one of the most significant achievements for several decades, the discovery of the Higgs Boson. More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

04/07/12
UCL physicists celebrate discovery of Higgs-like particle.More information on this story is available from the Main UCL News page.

15/06/12
Jon Butterworth discusses the latest measurements of the mass of the W boson in Nature News & Views in Particle Physics: A reminder of the beauty we know.

13/03/12
Listen: "Not just the Higgs Boson", Prof. Jon Butterworth on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

02/03/12
The CDF experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron collider has released a new measurement of the mass of the W boson that is, by some margin, the most precise in the world. More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

09/01/12
Prof Jon Butterworth and Research Associate Adam Davison appeared on the BBC 2 Horizon programme 'The Hunt for Higgs: A Horizon Special'.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

30/11/11
Profs. Des McMorrow (CMMP), Alex Shluger (CMMP) and Jenny Thomas (HEP) have all been elected to a Fellowship in the American Physical Society. More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

25/11/11
Prof. Jon Butterworth, Head of Department, talks to John Humphrys on the BBC News Today programme about the search for the Higgs Boson and progress to date.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

27/06/11
Scientists involved in the MINOS experiment, including six members from UCL Physics and Astronomy, have announced the results from a search for a rare phenomenon: the transformation of muon neutrinos into electron neutrinos. More information on this story is available from the Main UCL News page.

16/06/11
Professor Jenny Thomas, from the High Energy Physics (HEP) research group was awarded a CBE for "services to science" in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

18/03/11
On Tuesday 15th March 2011 two UCL High Energy Physicists, Jon Butterworth and Ryan Nichol, took to the Bright Club stage to try their hand at stand-up comedy.

04/03/11
Artist in Residence joins High Energy Physics Group.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

27/02/11

Videos from Brian Anderson's retirement party (sadly none from the JB afterwards) are now online (courtesy of Tony) on youtube: Derek's speech/slides, Mark's "speech", Brian's speech.

24/02/11
Particle Physics by Brian R Martin- on sale now!More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

26/11/10
CERN press release for the observation of jet-quenching in quark-gluon plasma.

01/11/10
Adam Davison and Shaun Thomas pictured receiving their prizes for their postgraduate thesis work at the 2010 Physics and Astronomy Prize-Giving evening on 28th October.

25/10/10
An article by our very own Derek Attree showcasing his skills outside of HEP in Marine Modelling.

03/09/10
Two of our group recently appeared on Channel 4, joining a discussion of Prof. Hawking's recent book.

17/08/10
ATLAS has released the first LHC paper to probe physics beyond the Standard Model. There's a brief explanation here.

29/07/10
Guardian film from ICHEP featuring Jon, Adam, Justin, Emily and others. Also Jon's posts from the meeting.

19/07/10
ATLAS has released its first jet cross sections. They are here and there's a brief explanation of them here.

03/06/10
Dr Justin Evans, member of the High Energy Physics group, has been awarded the 2010 Alvin Tollestrup award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Research.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

03/06/10
Jon Butterworth talks to the Wellcome Trust's Dan Glaser about the unique pleasures and frustrations of working on the most powerful physics experiment ever conceived.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

22/04/10
First ATLAS physics results from LHC collisions.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

22/04/10
ATLAS has released its first 7 TeV physics results. They are here and there's a brief explanation of them here.

19/04/10
Prof. Jon Butterworth explains the significance of high energy particle collisions at CERN.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

30/03/10
UCL~s Professor John Butterworth, who led the UK development of one of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) detectors, explains the significance of the record-breaking particle collisions achieved today.More information on this story is available from the Main UCL News page.

15/02/10
The UCL Provost, vice-Provost for Research, and Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department visited CERN on 8th February 2010 (amateur photos and the professional ones)

22/01/10
ATLAS and the LHC in the Camden New Journal

10/12/09
NY Times: Collider Sets Record, and Europe Takes U.S.'s Lead

09/12/09
First ATLAS collision events. As seen by ATLANTIS and described by e.g. the Guardian. Now with a 2.36 TeV collision - LHC is now officially the highest energy collider in the world.

21/11/09
Some UCL-related LHC coverage: Discovery News : BBC : Sunday Times

21/11/09
LHC lives again! See ATLAS pictures here and follow CERN here.

05/11/09
Prof. Jenny Thomas has been elected to be Co-spokesperson of the MINOS experiment.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

27/10/09
Jenny Thomas elected co-spokesperson of MINOS

16/09/09
Colliding Particles episode 5 out now!

04/09/09
Members of the UCL HEP group and other researchers in the Gargamelle collaboration circa 1973 have been honoured with the 2009 European Physics Society (EPS) High Energy and Particle Physics prize.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

30/08/09
Dr. Simon Bevan receives the HEP postgrad prize from Prof Jonathan Tennyson FRS.

30/07/09
Celebration of Janet Fraser's many achievements (and years!) in UCL HEP

13/07/09
Congratulations to Matthew Wing who has been awarded the Moseley medal and prize

'For his outstanding contributions to the experimental programme of the HERA collider at DESY, the leading experimental facility for studying the detailed sub-structure of the proton. In particular his work has led to a deeper understanding of the strong force and will have important applications to the LHC and future colliders.' Full citation

03/07/09
Observation of an ~ABC~ effect in proton-proton collisions.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

03/07/09
Dr Matthew Wing is a member of the Physics and Astronomy Department and was awarded the Moseley medal.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

01/05/09
Last magnet lowered into the LHC tunnel. Here we go again!

28/04/09
Nuclear & Particle Physics by Brian Martin.More information on this story is available from the Physics Department News page.

06/04/09
The HEP Young Theorists' Forum will be held at UCL on 14-15 May 2009.

31/03/09
Our very own Ilija Bizjak received the Josef Stefan Golden Emblem prize from Borut Pahor, the Prime Minister of Slovenia at a gala ceremony celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Josef Stefan Institute last week.

Ilija received a prize (matching his tie wonderfully) for the best doctoral thesis in the field of natural sciences. His thesis was a measurement of the weak coupling between up and bottom type quarks (Vub ). Congratulations Ilija. See picture

31/03/09
The Grid PP collaboration meeting is here Wednesday and Thursday this week.

31/03/09
The workshop on Standard Model Discoveries with early LHC data is now on at UCL.

10/02/09
New LHC restart schedule announced: first beams late September 2009, first collisions late October

04/12/08
One of our illustrious emeritus members is honoured.

26/11/08
Article on the LHC in Custom PC from Matt.

03/11/08
Colliding Particles episode 2 out now!

03/11/08
Postdoc positions and studentships are available via the Origins Institute.

03/10/08
Lily Asquith, particle investigator

30/09/08
"Grid of 100,000 computers heralds new internet dawn" according to the Times, with a nice view of Atlantis in a photo at the start of the article!

21/09/08
Problems with commisioning the LHC. Looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer *sigh*.

15/09/08
Even if you have been on Mars, you probably noticed that the first protons went round the LHC on Wednesday. Here's what we saw in ATLAS.
Some news nuggets of particular UCL interest from the overwhelmingly positive media storm (add more if you have them):
Catrin's live blog from CERN
Quick reactions from the London end : and more
Cheesy ATLAS/CMS - UCL/Imperial - Butterworth/Nash rivalry
Big bang big benefits on Sky News.
Lehrer Hour (USA PBS) (there was a London segment at the start of this, but they seem to have removed everything except Brian Green now)
The Times
Guardian (Lily & Mark in the background)
A blog from the school pupils who were there in London
Scotsman
Evening Standard
Wales online/Sunday Mercury
UCL people also featured on BBC Breakfast, ITV news, GMTV and Al Jazeera English, London Lite, MSNBC, Classic FM (!), Capital Radio ... probably more.

12/09/08
The UCL Institute for Origins is now approved!

02/09/08
ATLAS featured in a UCL podcast. Second feature in the 15th August podcast.

02/09/08
LHC schedule. First beam 10 September!

08/07/08
All about the LHC from the Guardian's point of view.

20/05/08
"Higgs Hunters for the Day!!" Atlantis is used by hundreds of students at the RAL MasterClass.

09/05/08
The LHC start-up and ATLAS feature on sky news TV this morning.

26/04/08
Ian Pearson, the science minister visits CERN and the ATLAS experiment, and is impressed. Jon Butterworth and Catrin Bernius from UCL are amongst the small team of UK scientists showing him around.