Prof. David Bailey
Particle Physics (Experimental)
Experimental high energy physics, exotic physics, error analysis, monte carlo simulation, physics education.
The universe contains a bewildering variety of structures and processes - stars, fire, people, sunshine, and much more - yet behind all these different phenomena is thought to be a small number of different elementary particles interacting through a few fundamental forces. The Standard Model of particle physics has successfully described every relevant and confirmed experimental result for more than 40 years, but this theory is known to be incomplete.
New discoveries are not always found in the obvious places, and I have a special interest in exotic physics, e.g. leptoquarks, new forces, millicharged particles, extra timelike dimensions, variable constants. .... The more surprising a result, the more likely it is to be wrong, so my enthusiasm for exotic physics is moderated by a strong interests in experimental errors and monte carlo methods.
Teaching is meaningless if it doesn't help students learn, so I have a strong interest in Physics Education Research, especially in how to best help students learn the skills of a physicist.
Publications (from inSPIRE database)
ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, ZEUS at DESY, SDC at SSC, ASTERIX at LEAR, and E531 at Fermilab.
Please contact me if you are interested in working one of my research or pedagogical projects. Please note, however, that I will be on sabbatical in 2016-17, and so will be less able to supervise any undergraduate student projects.
My favourite example of why teaching matters is "The Amazing Miss A".
Last updated on 15 July 2016