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Name of Collaboratory :

 

A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS (ATLAS)

 
 

URL :

  http://atlas.ch  
 

Collaboratory Status :

 
Operational   Start Date : 1997 End Date : Info Last Updated : Mon, Nov 2 2009 3:00am PST
 
 

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  
 

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Shared Instrument  
 

Domain(s) :

  PHYSICAL SCIENCES >Physics >Elementary Particle Physics  
 

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :

 

ATLAS is one of the largest collaborative efforts ever attempted in the physical sciences. The ATLAS project consists of the designing, construction and use of a particle detector named "A Toroidal LHC Apparatus" (abbreviated ATLAS) at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It is one part of the five experiments (ATLAS, CMS, ALICE, LHCb, TOTEM) to be performed at the LHC. Prior to 2009, the project was focused on collaboratively building and setting up the ATLAS detector. In late 2009, the ATLAS detector began searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS aims to learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, microscopic black holes, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe. ATLAS involves 3000 physicists from 38 countries and 174 universities, and also includes 1000 students.

Data collected from the detector is exported from CERN at a rate of 1 GB/sec to 10 main computing centres in 3 continents, where data are stored, processed, and further distributed to ~50 collaborating institutes for analysis. All members of the ATLAS collaboration have equal access possibilities to all ATLAS data, independently of their geographical location, thanks to the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid.

ATLAS collaborators are organized by systems and subsystems of the detector. There are numerous subsystems and sub-subsystems so that people mostly work in small groups. ATLAS as a whole, as well as its systems and subsystems, have various elected leadership positions and governing boards, organized hierarchically.

The main policy-making powers are the Resource Review Board (RRW), the Plenary Meeting (PM) and the Collaboration Board (CB). The Resource Review Board (RRW) is the body where the ATLAS resources are approved upon proposals from the ATLAS collaboration, and monitored. It is chaired by the CERN Director of Research and composed of representatives of the national funding agencies, the CERN management and the ATLAS management. The Plenary Meeting (PM) is the general forum of the collaboration. All major ATLAS decisions concerning physics objectives and results, hardware and software design, and organizational matters are discussed there. The Collaboration Board (CB) is the policy deciding body. Each institution collaborating in the project is represented in it and has one vote. The Plenary Meeting (PM) and the Collaboration Board (CB) assemble at the ATLAS Weeks, week-long meetings of the ATLAS collaboration, four times a year.

The ATLAS data provides experimental input for a large number of separate research topics. ATLAS scientists pursue these research areas mostly in small groups working at their home institutions. All collaborators are invited to analyze the data by being part of analysis teams.

In some respects data analysis by individual ATLAS physicists can be compared to data analysis by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope (though ATLAS looks at the micro-cosmos). Both groups of scientists will chose the research areas and data that interest them most.

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The ATLAS detector is the largest and one of the most elaborate particle physics experiments ever designed. Its ambitious experimental program is designed to to shed light on many unanswered questions about the origins of matter and the fundamental forces of nature. ATLAS consists of 1,700 participantss from more than 150 institutions from 34 countries. A Memorandum of Agreement signed by all the funding agencies specifies the construction deliverables from each participating institution.

ATLAS has four major components: Inner detector, Calorimeter, Muon Spectrometer, and Magnet System.

The global detector commissioning is expected to begin in fall 2006.

The ATLAS Education and Outreach Committee is developing a textbook for high school teachers and students. The aim is to create an interface between the outreach materials aimed at general public and students and the "professional" textbooks.

The Collaboration Board is the policy- and decision-making body of the ATLAS Collaboration. Its activities include making decisions on the global detector design and setting policies and guidelines for publications and presentations and issues related to finanacial and human resources, elections, and ATLAS organizations and membership. In general, each instition has one representative, although instutions may have to two, if they desire. Each institution has only one vote, however. The chairperson of the Collaboration Board is elected by the board and serves for a period of two years. The term is not renewable.

The full collaboration group meets for one week, three times a year.

 
 

Access to Instruments :

   
 

Access to Information Resources :

  All members of the ATLAS collaboration have equal access possibilities to all ATLAS data, independently of their geographical location, thanks to the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid.  
 

Access to People as Resources :

  Electronics communication (e-mail, WWW, telephone, video conferencing) plays a major role in communication between collaborators. However regular direct human contacts are crucial elements in the communication. Meetings therefore play an important role in the life of ATLAS. The Plenary Meeting (PM) and the Collaboration Board (CB) assemble at the ATLAS Weeks, week-long meetings of the ATLAS collaboration, four times a year.  
 

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

 
CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
 
 
 

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:
The large project funds come mostly from the science funding agencies of the various countries participating in ATLAS. There are also contributions from CERN, and some resources from individual university funds.

 
 
 
Organizations with Funded Participants:
 
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
A.F. Ioffe Physical Technical Institute
3
Aalto University School of Economics
1
Academia Sinica
33
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR)
7
   Institute of Physics - Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
91
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
49
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
31
Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
19
Boston University
22
Brookhaven National Laboratory
106
Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics (BINP)
60
California State University, Fresno
16
Carleton University
20
Centre d Etudes de Saclay (CEA)
27
   Institut de Recherche sur les Lois Fondamentales de l Univers (IRFU)
67
Centre de Calcul de l IN2P3
3
Université d Aix - Marseille II
   Faculte des Sciences de Luminy
36
      Centre de Physique de Particules de Marseille (CPPM)
41
CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
231
Charles University
36
Louisiana Technical University
   College of Engineering and Science (Louisiana Tech)
14
Comenius University
20
Computer Aided Design Center (CATIA)
1
Czech Technical University of Prague (CTU)
48
   Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering (FNSPE)
7
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
   Departamento de Física - Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
33
Universidade de Lisboa
8
   Faculdade de Ciencias (Universidade de Lisboa)
      Departamento de Fisica (Universidade de Lisboa)
6
Weizmann Institute of Science
   Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics - The Weizmann Institue of Science
35
Ankara University
   Department of Physics (Ankara University)
13
Duke University
   Department of Physics (Duke University)
31
Hampton University
   Department of Physics (Hampton University)
13
Harvard University
   Department of Physics (Harvard University)
36
Kyoto University
   Department of Physics (Kyoto University)
1
Lancaster University
   Department of Physics (Lancaster University)
25
New York University (NYU)
   Department of Physics (NYU)
16
Okayama University
   Department of Physics (Okayama University)
2
University of London
   Royal Holloway College
      Department of Physics (Royal Holloway College)
24
   Queen Mary and Westfield College (QMW)
      Department of Physics (Queen Mary and Westfield College)
35
Southern Methodist University
   Department of Physics (SMU)
28
University of Liverpool
   Department of Physics (University of Liverpool)
45
University of Oxford
   Department of Physics (University of Oxford)
74
University of Tokyo
   Department of Physics (University of Tokyo)
57
Yale University
   Department of Physics (Yale University)
46
Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)
   Department of Physics - Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)
21
McGill University
   Department of Physics - McGill University
22
Universita di Genova
   Department of Physics - Universita di Genova
25
University of British Columbia
   Department of Physics - University of British Columbia
11
Department of Physics - University of Genova
25
University of Milan
   Department of Physics - University of Milan
41
University of Toronto
   Department of Physics - University of Toronto
47
Uppsala University - Uppsala universitet
   Department of Physics and Astronomy
15
Michigan State University
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (Michigan State University)
35
University of California, Irvine
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (UC Irvine)
48
University College London
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (University College London)
47
University of Birmingham
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (University of Birmingham)
29
University of Louisville
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (University of Louisville)
8
University of New Mexico (UNM)
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (University of New Mexico)
8
University of Oklahoma
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (University of Oklahoma)
19
University of Sheffield
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (University of Sheffield)
29
University of Pennsylvania
   Department of Physics and Astronomy (UPenn)
35
University of Iowa
   Department of Physics and Astronomy - at Iowa
6
University of Cambridge
   Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory (University of Cambridge)
26
Department of Theoretical Physics (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
21
Universidad Antonio Narino
   Department of Theoretical Physics - Universidad Antonio Narino
9
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Hamburg (DESY)
66
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Zeuthen
19
Universita della Calabria
   Dipartimento di Fisica (Universita della Calabria)
20
Universita di Pisa
   Dipartimento di Fisica (Universita di Pisa)
16
Universita di Roma I (La Sapienza)
   Dipartimento di Fisica (Universita di Roma I (La Sapienza))
71
Universita di Roma II (Tor Vergata)
   Dipartimento di Fisica (Universita di Roma II (Tor Vergata))
21
Universita di Roma III (Roma Tre)
   Dipartimento di Fisica (Universita di Roma III (Roma Tre))
28
Universita di Udine
   Dipartimento di Fisica (Universita di Udine)
17
Universit‡ di Bologna - University of Bologna
   Dipartimento di Fisica - University of Bologna
55
Universita di Pavia
   Dipartimento di Fisica Nucleare e Teorica (Universita di Pavia)
15
Universita di Napoli
   Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche (Universita di Napoli (Federico II))
36
Georgian Academy of Sciences
   E. Andronikashvili Institute of Physics
14
University of Chicago (UChicago)
   Enrico Fermi Institute
57
European Commission
   European Commission Joint Research Centre - Ispra, Italy
1
Bergische Universitat Wuppertal
   Fachbereich Physik - Bergische Universitat Wuppertal
60
Universitat Siegen
   Fachbereich Physik - Universitat Siegen
28
Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt (FWHN)
3
Universite Hassan II, Ain Chock
   Faculte des Sciences (Universite Hassan II, Ain Chock)
5
Hiroshima Institute of Technology
   Faculty of Engineering (Hiroshima Institute of Technology)
1
Akademia Gornicza-Hutnicza University of Science and Technology
   Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science (Akademia Gornicza-Hutnicza University of Science and Technology)
16
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
   Fakultät für Physik
88
Lund University
   Fysiska Institutionen (Lund University)
14
University of Tsukuba
   Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences (University of Tsukuba)
27
University of Montreal
   Group of Particle Physics (GPP)
16
Polish Academy of Sciences
   Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics (PAN)
59
High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
34
Radboud University Nijmegen
12
   High Energy Physics Institute (Radboud University Nijmegen) (HEFIN)
8
Hiroshima University
3
Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH)
39
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
   Fakuktät für Physik
      II Physikalisches Institut
65
Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
1
Indiana University
36
Institue of Isotopes and Molecular Technology
5
Universidad de Valencia
32
   Instituto de Microelectronica de Barcelona (CNM-IMB)
4
   Institut de Fisica Corpuscular (CSIC)
48
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
62
   Institut de Fisica d Altes Energies (IFAE)
6
Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien (WU)
   Institut für Entrepreneurship und Innovation
1
Technische Universität Dresden
   Institut für Kern- und Teilchenphysik (IKTP)
37
Humboldt University
   Institut für Physik - Humboldt University
38
Universität Dortmund
   Institut für Physik - Universität Dortmund
25
University of Innsbruck
   Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics
13
Institute for High Energy Physics, Russian Federation State Research Centre (IHEP)
203
Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP)
13
Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
4
   Institute of Experimental Physics (Slovak Academy of Sciences)
10
Institute of High Energy Physics - Chinese Academy of Sciences
21
Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS)
   Institute of Physics (Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences)
9
The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
   Institute of Physics (National Academy of Sciences of Belarus)
8
University of Belgrade
   Institute of Physics (University of Belgrade)
17
Universidade de Sao Paolo (USP)
   Instituto de Fisica (IFUSP)
8
Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)
   Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Milano
35
   Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Napoli
36
   Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pavia
10
   Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa
19
   Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Roma
71
   Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Frascati
44
   Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Genova
25
   Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna
55
Iowa State University
26
Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz
63
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR)
364
Jozef Stefan Institute
19
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
10
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
   KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics - Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RMKI)
3
Kobe University
27
Kyoto University of Education
1
LaboratÛrio de InstrumentaÁ„o e FÌsica Experimental de PartÌculas, Coimbra (LIP)
11
LaboratÛrio de InstrumentaÁ„o e FÌsica Experimental de PartÌculas, Lisboa
39
Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules (LAPP)
66
Universite de Paris-Sud
   Laboratoire de l Accélérateur Linéaire (LAL)
114
Universite Joseph Fourier
1
   Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie de Grenoble (LPSC)
51
Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et des Particules (LPTP)
10
Université Blaise Pascal
   Laboratorie de Physique Corpusculaire de Clermot-Ferrand
49
University of Bern
   Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics
      Laboratory for High Energy Physics (University of Bern) (LHEP)
26
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
86
Max Planck Society
   Max-Planck-Institut fur Physik
104
Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MePhI)
38
Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science
1
Nagoya University
16
Nanjing University
8
Quaid-i-Azam University
   National Centre for Physics (Quaid-i-Azam University) (NCP)
70
National Institute for Subatomic Physics (NIKHEF)
127
Byelarussian State University (BSU)
   National Scientific and Educational Centre of Particle and High Energy Physics - Byelarussian State U (NC PHEP BSU)
9
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
54
National University of La Plata
6
Columbia University
   Nevis Laboratories
44
University of Copenhagen - K¯benhavns Universitet
   Niels Bohr Institute (NBI)
37
Northern Illinois University
7
Ohio State University
20
Osaka University
8
Russian Academy of Sciences
   P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute
35
Palacky University
3
Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute
49
Bogazici University
   Physics Department (Bogazici University)
13
Oklahoma State University
   Physics Department (Oklahoma State)
5
University of Wisconsin-Madison
   Physics Department (U of Wisconsin, Madison)
60
University of Massachusetts System (UMASS)
   University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst)
      Physics Department (UMass Amherst)
14
University of the Witwatersrand
   Faculty of Science (University of the Witwatersrand)
      Physics Department (University of the Witwatersrand)
4
University of Michigan
   Physics Department (UofMich)
78
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
   Physics Department (UT Arlington)
45
Rheinisch-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn
   Physikalisches Institut - Rheinisch-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn
81
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
37
   Zentrales Institut für Technische Informatik (ZITI)
3
   Physikalisches Institut - Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
8
Polytechnic University of Bucharest
15
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
11
Melbourne University
   Research Centre for High Energy Physics
22
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
34
Russian Federal Nuclear Centre - Scientific Research Institute for Technical Physics (RFNC-VNIITF)
15
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
   Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (of the STFC)
72
University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz)
   Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
25
Brandeis University
   School of Physics (Brandeis University)
17
Tel Aviv University
   School of Physics - Tel Aviv University
32
University of Edinburgh
   School of Physics and Astronomy (University of Edinburgh)
16
University of Glasgow
   School of Physics and Astronomy (University of Glasgow)
45
University of Manchester
   School of Physics and Astronomy (University of Manchester)
50
Université de Genève
   Section de Physique (Universite de Geneve)
67
Ludwig Maximilians University (University of Munich)
   Sektion Physik - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
75
Shandong University
15
Shinshu University
7
Simon Fraser University
19
Moscow State University
   Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Moscow State University) (SINP)
26
Stanford University
   Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)
      SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
71
State University of New York (SUNY)
28
   University at Albany
18
Tbilisi State University
12
Tokyo Institute of Technology
10
Tokyo Metropolitan University
2
Tri-University Meson Facility (TRIUMF)
33
Tufts University
12
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
31
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL)
3
Universita del Salento
16
Universitat Mannheim
2
Universite Mohammed V
3
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie et Universite Denis Diderot
50
University of Alberta
32
University of Arizona
37
University of Athens
15
University of Bergen
28
University of Buenos Aires
8
University of California, Berkeley
3
University of Hawaii
   University of Hawaii at Manoa
1
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
24
University of Johannesberg (UJ)
2
University of Oregon
12
University of Oslo
52
University of Pittsburgh
13
University of Regina
7
University of Science and Technology of China
25
University of Sussex
7
University of Sydney
11
University of Texas at Dallas
11
University of Victoria (UVIC)
30
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University of Warwick
University of Washington
21
University of Zilina
3
Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences
5
VTT Electronics Technical Research Center
1
Waseda University
   Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering (WISE)
8
Yerevan Physics Institute
12
York University
4
 
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS:
3000
 

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
ATLAS involves 3000 physicists from 38 countries and 174 universities, and also includes 1000 students.

   
     
 
 

Communications Technology Used :

  E-mail, WWW, telephone, video conferencing.  
 

Technical Capabilities :

  Asynchronous conversation
Email
Synchronous conversation
Video
 
  Key Articles :    
 

Project-reported performance data :

   
  Images of the Collaboratory:  
Detector
 
 
         
    
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