The goal of the PanScales project is to deepen our understanding, and to improve, the core, parton shower, component of general purpose Monte Carlo event generators, the most widely used theoretical tools in particle physics. Almost every analysis of high-energy collider data relies on these simulations.
The project asks questions such as:
- What criteria should we be using to assess the scope and accuracy of parton showers?
- What accuracy is achieved by some given class of parton shower?
- Can we design parton showers with higher accuracies than is possible today?
- What are the phenomenological implications of our understanding of parton showers?
Our hope is that the the PanScales project will make it possible to extract more extensive information about the fundamental particles and interactions that make up our universe.
The application deadline for Ph.D. positions starting in October 2019, at the University of Oxford and at University College London, was Friday 25 January, and has now passed.
The deadlines for postdoctoral positions starting in autumn 2019 have also now passed.
Core funding for the project comes from
- The European Research Council (PanScales Advanced Grant, 788223)
- The Royal Society (Royal Society Research Professorship, RP\R1\180112)