The LHCb experiment is one of the four large experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. The main goal of the experiment is to challenge the Standard Model of particle physics by performing precise measurements of CP violating observables and rare decays of b hadrons (particles containing a beauty quark). The optimization of the LHCb detector for this goal has resulted in a layout that is very different from that of the other LHC experiments. This gives LHCb unique opportunities to measure important parameters of the Standard-Model in a so far unexplored kinematic region. Measurements of electroweak gauge boson production, for example, provide important input for a better understanding of the nature of the proton.
The UZH group has been a member of the LHCb collaboration since 1999. We have made important contributions to the LHCb detector and are involved in the preparation of a major upgrade of the detector for 2019/2020 (Prof. U. Straumann, PD Dr. O. Steinkamp et al.). We play a leading role in measurements of B meson decays (Prof. N. Serra et al.), and in measurements of electroweak gauge boson production (Dr. K. Müller et al.).
Currently, our group consists of five senior scientists, seven postdoctoral researchers and seven PhD students. Thirteen PhD, twelve master and nine bachelor theses have so far been completed in our group. Would you like to be part of our group? Have a look at the open positions and possible topics for master or bachelor theses.