School of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Tony Carter


Emeritus Professor of Particle Physics

Telephone: 020 7882 6050
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 206


Research Interests:

Tony Carter's Research Interests

Research Interests

Tony Carter is an Emeritus Professor in the Particle Physics Research Centre on the ATLAS Experiment preparing to study proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider, LHC, at CERN Geneva, Switzerland. ATLAS hopes to find the elusive Higgs particle required to explain particle masses and other exciting physics such as Supersymmetry. Tony was Project Coordinator for the Barrel modules of the ATLAS Semiconductor Tracker (SCT) that is at the centre of the ATLAS Detector. He invented the thermal management technology used in the production of the SCT barrel module baseboards. He also led two other major ATLAS SCT projects providing specialist off-detector cooling instrumentation.

Tony has made innovative advances with new techniques of thermal management and electronic hybrids in areas with direct applications in densely packaged high speed microelectronics as well as in particle physics instrumentation.

Tony used to work on the OPAL Experiment at the LEP electron positron collider which studied the very highest energy collisions of electrons and positrons. He was responsible for designing and building the silicon microstrip detector at the heart of the experiment. This contained arrays of silicon devices that allow the paths of very short-lived particles to be tracked to study their decays. The collisions produced Z bosons and pairs of W bosons, the mediators of the weak interactions. These studies led to extremely precise tests of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and showed that there are only 3 types of light neutrino and hence probably only 3 generations of quarks.

Recent Publications


A Thermal Management Device and Method of making such a Device
A.A.Carter, R.De Oliveira and A.Gandi, US Patent 6,514,616 B1, February 4, 2003.

An Encapsulated Thermal Management Device and Method of Making such a Device
A.A.Carter and R.De Oliveira, PCT International Patent, Application NO:GB04/001886, Publication NO: WO2004/097934B, April 2004.

Application of Advanced Thermal Management Technologies to the ATLAS SCT Barrel Module Baseboards
R.J.Apsimon et al, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, Volume 565, Issue 2, p. 561-571.

The Barrel Modules of the ATLAS Semiconductor Tracker
A.Abdesselam et al Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, Volume 568, Issue 2, p. 642-671.