Fermilab welcomes ATLAS muon upgrade team

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer greets members of the ATLAS team from Carleton University, McGill University, Simon Fraser University, Technion Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, TRIUMF, Université de Montréal and the Weizmann Institute. Photo: Aria Soha, PPD

An international team from Canada and Israel visits Fermilab this week to test new muon detectors for ATLAS. The detectors will enable the experiment for the high-luminosity operation of the LHC past 2018.

The main motivation for the upcoming phase-1 LHC upgrade is to study the Higgs sector and to search for new physics. This requires ATLAS to be able to tease out important events from far more severe backgrounds and thus demands replacing part of the ATLAS muon system with faster and more precise detectors. The ATLAS team is currently testing a full-size detector segment in the MT6 beamline.

The team met with the Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer on Friday at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility.