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Projects for Master students in the Nikhef ATLAS group

date: August 2013

This is an overview with all available Master student projects in the Nikhef ATLAS group.


If you have your own research proposal, need more detailed information on the (availability) of individual proposals or would like to discuss about other available projects in the group you are always welcome to contact either the contact person for the project and/or the Nikhef ATLAS group leaders:

Stan Bentvelsen ___ [ E-mail: stanb_at_nikhef.nl, Tel 020-5925140, Nikhef room H250]

Paul de Jong ______ [ E-mail: h26_at_nikhef.nl, Tel 020-5922087, Nikhef room H253]


For an overview of the theses written in the Nikhef ATLAS group you can look at the Nikhef ATLAS group theses page




Master projects in the Nikhef ATLAS group

1) The polarisation of single top quarks at the LHC


Supervisors: Marcel Vreeswijk (staf) and Rogier van der Geer (PhD student)


Research description:

Single top quark production is a rare process which is only in reach of the Tevatron-collider and the Large Hadron Collider since the last decade. The cross section for t-channel top quark production at the LHC allows precision measurements of the spin structure of the Wtb vertex as a probe for new physics. For this research the data recorded with the ATLAS detector at 8TeV will be used. The observables consist of the decay angles of the top quark from which (anomalous) couplings can be extracted. Several contributions to the research are possible, which involve: -selection of events and reconstruction of the observables; -unfolding techniques from measured distribution to the underlying truth distribution; -which quantities can be extracted from the distribution and how do these translate to general couplings?

For this project you need to have affinity with quantum mechanics and computer skills are needed. The ROOT programme and C++ and/or Python macros are used. You become part of our research group (~5 persons); we have weekly meetings with colleagues at CERN and depending on the results -and perhaps some luck- you may co-author an (internal ATLAS) research note. The project will be soon at full pace, requiring you to be flexible.