Grant of supercomputer time

The DIRAC consortium which provides distributed High Performance Computing (HPC) services to the STFC theory community( https://dirac.ac.uk/ ) granted a team lead by Dr. Vincent Drach 12.5 million core-hours on the Leicester supercomputer (DIaL3 – https://dial3-docs.dirac.ac.uk).

In 2012, the Higgs boson, the missing piece of The Standard Model of Particle Physics, that describes the interactions of all known fundamental particles, was discovered by the CERN experiments at the Large Hadrons Collider (LHC) in Switzerland.While the discovery is a milestone in our understanding of the fundamental laws of Nature, a number of experimental and theoretical issues prove that the model is not complete. Theoretical physicists develop models that solve these puzzles and are  then tested by experiments.One interesting possibility that would solve a number of these issues is that the Higgs boson is actually not a fundamental particle  but built out of some new particles bounded by a new interaction. The mechanism is borrowed from a well known composite particle : the proton, which turns out to be made of more fundamental particles called quarks bounded by one of the three interactions described by the Standard Model of Particle Physics: the strong interaction.
The project entitled : Composite Higgs Phenomenology at the LHC, aims at  calculating the properties of the Higgs boson in a composite Higgs scenario and exhibit experimental signatures  of these models at the LHC.