The ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP) was established in 2011 through the award of an Australian Research Council grant of around $25 million over seven years.
The Centre is a collaborative research venture between the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, the University of Sydney and Monash University, with the University of Melbourne hosting the head office.

Through the Centre, terascale, high-energy and particle physics research across Australia is coordinated for the first time. Bringing together theoretical and experimental physicists, CoEPP also enables participation in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. The aims of the LHC experiment, and those of CoEPP, are to discover answers to some of the fundamental questions in physics, questions that have until now been unanswerable.

CoEPP exploits a once-in-a-generation opportunity for fundamental scientific research in Australia: the prospect of understanding the origin of mass, discovering new physical laws, and producing and studying dark matter in the laboratory. The first data from the multi-billion dollar LHC presents both a major challenge and an unprecedented promise to Australian science.

The Centre provides a synergy between Australian experimental and theoretical high energy physics communities, with increased resources, shared personnel, and a unified structure. It guarantees Australia's share in the wealth of discoveries expected in this new 'terascale era'. The theoretical particle physicists in the Centre provide a unique mix of expertise and capability in driving the theoretical underpinning of the discoveries being sought, capable of working with the experimenters to extract the maximum from the LHC.

In bringing these groups together, the Centre provides a unified resource to fully exploit the most powerful instrument for fundamental science ever built - the LHC. The Centre will transform Australian research in this field and take a leading role in one of the most important scientific endeavours of the 21st century.

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Professor Geoffrey Taylor, Senator Kim Carr and Professor Glyn Davis at the launch of CoEPP, 2011.
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