09.12.2020

AGH UST joins international consortium conducting research in high energy physics


By the decision of the European Commission, AGH UST has joined the international consortium carrying out the STRONG-2020 project, within the framework of which leading scientific research centres, such as the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, conduct research in the field of high energy physics. The leader of the consortium is the National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS) in France. The coordinator of the project at AGH UST is professor Iwona Grabowska-Bołd at the Department of Particle Interactions and Detection Techniques at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science.  

The STRONG-2020 project (full name: The strong interaction at the frontier of knowledge: fundamental research and applications) gathers about 2,500 European scientists as well as several dozen scientific research institutions in 36 countries. The structure of the project is based on work packages. In the first place, they are connected with activities aiming at international access to research infrastructures (including virtual access, i.e. with the use of IT infrastructure, for example, access to supercomputers, global networks, large databases), collaboration between institutions, and joint research projects. An important aspect of the project is also the dissemination of its results. 

STRONG-2020 is financed within the framework of the competition Horizon 2020 – InfraIA (Integrated Activities), and will last until 2024. Its total budget is 10 million euro, of which 88,000 euro is allocated to AGH UST.  

The university will use the obtained funds for employing a young researcher with the doctor’s degree (a post-doc), who will make a major contribution to performing complete measurements in the field of heavy ion physics in four LHC experiments (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, and LHCb). The research activity will be carried out in collaboration with the inter-experimental group HonexComb, whose members are both experimenters and theoreticians. The interest areas of the group encompass b and c quarks, research into the processes with jet production, and measurements of very rare processes, including photon-photon scattering, and the production of the heaviest t quark in heavy ion collisions. Additionally, research tasks will also involve doctoral students and students of the AGH UST ATLAS group, headed by professor Iwona Grabowska-Bołd. 

More information can be found on the project website: http://www.strong-2020.eu  
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