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Leading Researcher at the HSE Faculty of Computer Science Coordinates New Experiment at CERN

Fedor Ratnikov, Leading Researcher at the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis
© Mikhail Dmitriev/HSE

Fedor Ratnikov, a leading researcher at the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA), has been appointed project coordinator in the SHiP collaboration. He will be responsible for developing and designing the detector’s active magnetic radiation shielding.

Search for Hidden Particles (SHiP) is a new experiment using the Super Proton Synchrotron accelerator (SPS CERN) - the second largest machine in CERN’s accelerator complex. The aim of the experiment is to search for particles hidden outside the Standard Model. Described by a large number of theories, these particles have eluded observation in other experiments carried out to date with the Large Hadron Collider, due to their unusual properties.

The SHiP experiment searches for very weakly interacting long-lived particles - heavy neutral leptons, particles of the hidden sector, light supersymmetric particles. The high intensity of the SPS CERN and, in particular, the abundant production of charmed mesons, make it possible to study a wide range of light long-lived exotic particles. In addition, the SHiP experiment is ideally suited to examining the properties of tau neutrinos. These particles will help shed light on the nature of dark matter, neutrino oscillations and the origin of baryon asymmetry in the universe.

Only a few weeks ago, HSE became an associate member of the LHCb collaboration at the European Nuclear Research Center.

‘Coordinators have to be able to solve both scientific and organizational tasks,’ Fedor Ratnikov said. ‘HSE, as a new coordinator, has therefore been recognized as a strong and active university within CERN. We will have access to unique data and new possibilities to solve current problems in particle physics. We will also deal with new and unique tasks. It is science in its purest form.’

The SHiP experiment team is currently being formed and the experiment itself will be launched in 2026. According to Fedor Ratnikov, SHiP is one of five new experiments which hold a lot of potential for the future of science. Most efforts are currently focused on building the new detector. The LAMBDA team, for its part, will continue to optimize the protection magnets.

 

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