P.J.Dornan, U.Egede, A. Golutvin, M. Patel, D.Websdale, T.Savidge, P. Alvarez Cartelle, M. McCann, P. Owen, E.Smith, W. Sutcliffe, F. Redi, T. Humair, S. Stefkova, S. Baker, M. Tilley
The LHCb experiment has been designed to search for physics beyond the Standard Model in CP-violating and rare B-decays at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The uncertainty principle makes many of these decays sensitive to new particles at mass-scales beyond those that can be reached by even the highest energy collisions at the LHC. The study of such so-called flavour physics processes has resulted in many discoveries in particle physics. For example, observations in rare kaon decays gave the first indication for the existence of the charm quark before it was seen anywhere else. Similarly, the measurement of the oscillations of B-quarks showed that the top quark was very heavy before it was observed.
The LHC is the world's most copious source of B-mesons and the group have used LHCb data to produce the world's best measurements in a wide range of areas. Our activities have resulted in members of group leading the entire LHCb experiment as spokesperson, leading the board responsible for producing papers. We have provided three leaders of the rare decays analysis group and two leaders of the group studying the decay B0 →K*0 μ+μ- which is very sensitive to new physics. We are also playing a leading role in maintaining LHCb's Ring Imaging CHerenkov or RICH detectors, one of which was designed and built at Imperial. Finally, we are active in the development of the upgrade of LHCb which will allow the experiment to continue taking data for another decade.