Fundamental Physics - Schott Lab

Welcome to the website of the working group of Prof. Dr. Matthias Schott. We are working on unrevealing the mysteries of the universe at various experiments, which we either built ourselves or where we contribute with hardware developments and data analysis. We are continuously seeking motivated students and researchers to join our efforts in designing detectors or developing new ideas for exploring physics beyond the Standard Model.

ATLAS Heavy Ion
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Physics Research

Our passion lies in addressing fundamental questions about the universe and potentially discovering new phenomena beyond our current understanding. We pursue a diverse range of approaches, with a focus on electroweak precision measurements to validate the internal consistency of the Standard Model. Additionally, we directly search for axion-like particles and explore novel aspects of strong interactions. Recently, our interest has extended to neutrinos at colliders and the search for high-frequency gravitational waves.


New Small Wheel ATLAS
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Experiments

Our research group actively participates in various experiments aimed at answering fundamental questions in physics. While our primary involvement is in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC, we also take pride in contributing to the FASER Experiment, constructing detectors for BabyIAXO, and conducting our experiments with SUPAX and GravNet.


DNN Illustration
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Deep Learning

For experimental physicists, it is challenging to resist the allure of recent advances in machine learning, particularly deep neural networks. We have initiated a concentrated effort to estimate associated uncertainties when using neural network-based classifiers and explore methods to reduce training time.


Pandemic Illustration
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Pandemic Modelling

While modeling pandemics may not strictly fall under physics, it's intriguing that many simulations have been developed by physicists. We have adopted an agent-based model (JUNE), originally developed for the UK, and adapted it for Germany to study various effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although this is a side project, we enjoy the opportunity to learn new things.


NaNu
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Detector Development

In the realm of detector developments, our main research focus is on gaseous micropattern detectors such as Micromegas. We co-designed and constructed the first prototype detector for the ATLAS New Small Wheel project based on Micromegas, followed by the construction of 100m² of ultra-planar drift panels for the experiment. Additionally, we are developing dedicated Micromegas-based solutions for other experiments, such as NaNu or FASER, and have successfully built several prototype detectors based on new technological concepts. Moreover, we are constructing active muon veto systems based on scintillators and operating ultra-low-noise electromagnetic cavities.


LightAtLHC:Haa
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Light at the LHC

The Light@LHC project is funded by the ERC within a Consolidator Grant and aims to search for axion-like particles with long lifetimes at the ATLAS Experiment. These particles could potentially explain the observed discrepancy in the muonic (g-2) value. In this project, we have developed new methods to estimate systematic uncertainties for displaced photon signatures, innovative reconstruction algorithms for collinear photons, and contributed to the setup of the FASER experiment and its upgrade.

Contact

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Matthias Schott

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Nußallee 12

53115 Bonn

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Nicole Felde

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Nußallee 12

53115 Bonn

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