Tufts University

The Tufts University Elementary Particles Group joined ATLAS in 1994. Together with Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology we decided to work as a single group, the Boston Muon Consortium (BMC), on the ATLAS muon system.

After the decision to focus on the ATLAS end-cap muon system, Tufts Group was very active in initial physics simulations and in construction and testing of the first MDT end-cap muon chamber. The Tufts Group's high precision computer-controlled machine shop served as a R&D lab for BMC, and later manufactured thousands of small, very precise and custom-designed pieces needed for the MDT chambers and for the entire alignment system.

At the same time, Tufts Group was very active in studying and planning the world-wide data analysis and reconstruction, needed for the world-wide collaboration like ATLAS. MONARC, a very successful LHC project created jointly by Tufts and Caltech, provided the first realistic modeling of such a world-wide, distributed computer system. Tufts Group currently consists of two faculty (Mann and Sliwa), two research-associates (Rolli and Todorova-Nova) and a part-time computer expert (Wolter). We were very active in the analysis of the H8 test-beam data, and continued to work on the muon reconstruction software. Recently, Tufts ATLAS Group developed the MuonTrackingGeometry, a completely new description of the entire muon system. It includes the active and the passive elements, which will allow the use of ATLAS common tracking tools in muon reconstruction. At the same time, we continue with the physics studies, our interests are in top physics (single top, top pair production, top mass) and physics beyond the Standard Model.