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Prof Mark Lancaster
D18 Physics Building
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL
Gower Street
Tel: 0207 679 7141
Fax: 0207 679 7145
  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I was born, raised and received my early education (St.Mary's) in the Riviera of the North, Blackpool.
I obtained a MA degree in Physics from Keble College, Oxford in 1988 and continued at Oxford
for my DPhil (1988-1992) in high energy experimental particle physics. In 1992-1996 I was based at the DESY (Hamburg) electron-proton collider, HERA as a member of the ZEUS experiment as a SERC fellow for Bristol University and then as a research associate at Oxford University. In 1996 I moved to Lawrence Berkeley Lab (California) as a research fellow and worked at the Fermilab Tevatron collider (Chicago) as part of the CDF experiment. I took up a lecturer position at UCL in 1999. In 2001 I took a sabbatical year to work for Quadriga Worldwide PLC developing satellite IP-based delivery software. In 2004 I was awarded the Boys Medal by the Institute of Physics, elected a Fellow of the Institute and promoted to Reader. In 2008 I was promoted to a Professorship.

Within the Physics & Astronomy department I was the schools liaison officer from 2002-2008 and served on both the postgraduate and undergraduate teaching committees from 2004-2009. I was chair of the departmental teaching committee from 2009-2011. I was an elected non-professorial member of UCL Council and Academic Board from 2004-2008 and also served on the Council nominations committee, the Council effectiveness Review Committee. and the UCL ethical investments review committee. From 2008-2016 I was the head of the High Energy Physics research Group. 

External to UCL, I've served on the STFC grants panel from 2004-2009, the STFC CMS oversight
committee from 2004-2008. the STFC Review Of Grants Panel in 2010 and 2014 and as chair of the RAL PPD steering committee from 2012-2016. I am presently a non-core member of the STFC Science Board. I was a member of the IoP Teachers Course Committee from 2005-2010 and was a member of the IoP Science Board from 2010-2014. I've been a member of the IoP's High Energy Physics Group Committee since 2008 and chair since 2011 and I chaired the IoP PP2020 committee which prepared a forward look at research in particle physics and its impact on society and UK industry. I was a member of the CERN LHC Committee from 2014-2016 and recently chaired the STFC review of the ATLAS/CMS upgrade programmes.

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Research Summary

My research interests have been in three areas of experimental high energy particle physics. Firstly measurements of the structure of the proton and developing our understanding of the strong nuclear force as embodied in the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD).

Secondly precision measurements of the W-boson, the particle responsible for mediating the weak nuclear force, in particular precision measurements of its mass and lifetime. Thirdly, developing state-of-the-art computer software solutions and high speed electronics for data processing and reduction. This research has been based at two particle accelerators in Hamburg (HERA) and Chicago (Tevatron). From 2002-2013 I was the PI of the UK effort on the CDF experiment and I am presently the UK PI for the Fermilab g-2 and Mu2e experiments.

Recently I've begun an involvement in two muon experiments: the Fermilab Mu2e experiment which is seeking to be the first experiment to observe a lepton-flavour violating transition of a muon into an electron and the Fermilab g-2 experiment that will make the world's best measurement of the muon's magnetic moment. Both of these measurements have the potential to signal new physics beyond our present understanding of fundamental particles as embodied in the Standard Model.

Teaching Summary

In 2016/17 I taught 1st year classical mechanics (PHAS1247).  In previous sessions I have taught 3rd year undergraduate particle physics (PHAS324), 4th year undergraduate particle physics (PHAS442) and a 3rd year course in object orientated programming (PHAS3459) as well as demonstrating in the 2nd year teaching labs and supervising 4th year research and 3rd year group projects. I have also give postgraduate lectures on hadron collider physics.

Academic Background
1992 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Nuclear and Particle Physics University of Oxford
1987 MA Master of Arts – Physics University of Oxford
1986 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Physics University of Oxford
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