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Description of the organization and its main tasks

The University of Bristol (UoB) is a public research University in Bristol, England. The university is widely recognised as a leading research and teaching university both in the UK and in the world. The QS World University Rankings in 2015-16 placed Bristol as the 41th university worldwide and 9th in the UK. 

The School of Physics has around 600 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate students. Its research spans a wide range and includes particle physics. The particle physics group is active in several large international collaborations like CMS, LHCb, DUNE, SOLID and MU3E which operate at large international labs like CERN. Furthermore, the group has many activities where the knowledge gained is applied to different fields. For example, there is a large activity in developing precision dosimetry for radiotherapy, homeland security and detector development for the nuclear sector.

Since 2009 Dr Velthuis has been leading a project on the development of muon tomography for various applications, initially focussing on Homeland security. We developed a scanner to detect lumps of nuclear material being smuggled in cargo containers. This included both the development of the detector (including the readout system, the HV system and the gas system) and the data processing and analysis software. In this project we successfully produced large area detector systems (~25m2) and developed cutting edge reconstruction software. This expertise is essential for the successful delivery of the CHANCE project.

Role, responsibilities and activities within the Project

UoB will lead WP4, the muon tomography work package. We will contribute to all subtasks of the work package. In particular UoB will be responsible for delivering the RPC detector system. Furthermore, we will host the detector system, which we will build in close collaboration with the University of Sheffield. All initial muon tomography tests will take place in Bristol. We will supervise one of the PhD students together with WUT and work on simulations and reconstruction algorithms.

Contact person

Dr Jaap Velthuis

Reader in Physics

HH Wills Physics Laboratory

Tyndall Avenue




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