UCY HEP

Personnel & Facilities 

The High Energy Physics (HEP) Group of  the University of Cyprus (UCY) was founded in 1992, the same year that  UCY started its operation. It consists of 12 members:

  • 2 Faculty members,
  • 2 Postdoctoral Research Associates,
  • 4 Research Collaborators (with PhD degrees), 
  • 1 Electronics Engineer, and
  • 5 PhD Students. 

The UCY HEP Group is equipped with a high-performance computing cluster with substantial processing and storage abilities,  located in a suitably equipped room offering the necessary cooling and structural support. Expert staff ensures its proper maintenance and offers support to its users. The Operating System (OS) installed on all nodes is the Scientific Linux CERN 6 (SLC6). The official CMS analysis and simulation software package (CMSSW) is also installed and maintained throughout different releases. This HEP-dedicated computing cluster is employed in generating, storing and analysing Monte Carlo (MC) simulation samples. The UCY HEP group plans to upgrade its computing cluster into a CMS Tier-2 centre in the near future.  

 

Research

The UCY HEP group was an active member of the L3 Collaboration at the Large Electron-Positron Collider (LEP) at CERN, and the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) Collaboration at the Tevatron. The group joined the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration in 1995 and in 1999 joined a consortium with the responsibility for manufacturing the barrel yoke and the vacuum tank of the CMS solenoid magnet. The construction of both systems was successfully completed and are now part of the CMS Experiment. The UCY HEP group has also participated in the construction of the CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter (ECAL) and developed specialised equipment for performing control and calibration tests of its Very Front End Electronics boards.

The important experience gained by the UCY HEP group since its formation in 1992 is a major asset for the successful completion of this project. The group research activities include searches for light charged Higgs bosons, multi-muon production and other exotic particles, heavy flavour and Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) Physics including SUSY and Extra Dimensions, Inflation and Baryogenesis models. Most importantly, the group has had significant input towards novel techniques for HCALs with excellent energy resolution for future HEP Experiments, as well as major contributions to the CMS Tracker development and maintenance. More specically, the group has served as coordinator of the CMS Pixel Detector subgroup, being responsible for the calibration and maintenance of the database constants and the monitoring and development of the reconstruction software, both for real data and MC simulations. 

International Collaborations

The UCY HEP group has established significant relations with the worldwide scientic community, including Institutes and Univerities like CERNFermilab, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) Sezione di Frascati, CaltechHarvard UniversityEcol PolytechniqueMax Planck Institute, Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP), Imperial College of London (ICL), University of Padova and the National Centre of Scientic Research DEMOKRITOSThe recent admission of the Republic of Cyprus as a CERN Associate Member State (5 October 2012) supports strong evidence for the ever-growing contribution of the group in the ambitious research projects of the CMSLHC and HL-LHC programmes. 

Particularly connected to the reasearch conducted in this project is the CMS Trigger Performance and Strategy (TPS) and Track Trigger Integration (TTI) Working Groups (WGs), which are responsible for developing long-range strategies for the CMS Upgrade Program in Triggering. The Scientist in Charge and the Marie-Curie fellow have established strong working relations with the aforementioned groups, providing  new and important International Collaborations with Institutes in CMS during HL-LHC. The Institutions currently involved with the CMS TTI WG include Cornell UniversityINFN Sezione di Pisa, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas (LIP), Seoul National University (SNU), CNRS-IN2P3/Université Paris Diderot, Universidade Estadual Paulistaile (UNESP) and many more. Even more groups from Institutes and Universitues are expected to join our efforts for similar or related projects in the near future due to the high-prole and importance of the HL-LHC project.