The Particle Physics Department (PPD) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) participates in and supports the UK particle physics experimental programme, providing capabilities that complement and go beyond what can be done in the universities. Our work includes:
- Construction of large detector systems
- Data Analysis
- Accelerator expertise
- R&D for future initiatives
PPD physicists and technical staff maintain and develop many world-leading experiments within the UK programme of particle physics research, participate in the experimental programme with university groups, contribute to training of research students, and provide support and general infrastructure for university groups.
We run a number of Public Understanding of Science events for schools and the public, including Particle Physics Masterclasses. We also administer the annual RAL Summer School for Experimental High Energy Physics Students. Each year, we take on a handful of Summer Students.