Professor Eram Rizvi
Deputy Dean for Research | Professor in Physics
Email: email@example.comTelephone: 020 7882 6548Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 409
My teaching covers a variety of courses and topics which I have given since 2004 including:
- Graduate Lectures in High Energy Physics Analysis Methods
- Graduate Lectures in Parton Density Functions
- Graduate Tutorials at the Rutherford High Energy Physics Summer School
- Undergraduate 2nd year Module in Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics
- Undergraduate 3rd year Tutorials in general physics
- Undergraduate 1st year Module in Experimental Techniques
This course aims to provide general background to experimental techniques often used in particle physics analyses. Detailed statistical techniques are not covered since there are many lectures covering these topics. Instead the lectures introduce the student to Monte Carlo simulations, what they are and their limitations. Event signatures are discussed as well as reweighting techniques and an introduction to acceptance corrections and bin purity. These lectures form part of the University of London Intercollegiate Lectures in Elementary Particle Physics. The lecture notes for this course are available here.
This was an invited lecture at a graduate school on the partond density functions of the proton as part of the Helmholtz Alliance graduate lecture series in Berlin 2008. The lecture notes for this lecture are available here.
The Rutherford Summer School on Experimental High Energy Physics runs in September each year for all 1st year graduate students and is a 2 week intensive residential school. I have participated in the school as a tutor in 2005-7.
The main part of my undergraduate teaching is a module on nuclear physics and astrophysics. This is a core 2nd year module and covers basic nuclear structure, decays, fusion, fisson, nucleosynthesis and cosmology. The module details are given here where a full set of lecture notes, and additional material is available. I have produced a series of podcasts and video for revision which is available for viewing and download.
I have taken on tutorials for this compulsory final year module aimed at giving students an overview of the complete physics syllabus and how to apply physics principles in general situations. The module details are available online.
I run the 1st year undergraduate lab course - Scientific Measurement. The module consists of 8-10 lectures on experimental technique followed by 2 lab sessions per week. The emphasis of the module was to foster good lab practice and the estimation of experimental uncertainties, statistical and systemtatic. The lecture notes are available here:
- Lecture 1 - Introduction
- Lecture 2 - Graph Plotting
- Lecture 3 - Errors and Uncertainties
- Lecture 4 - Error Propagation
- Lecture 5 - Probability Distributions I
- Lecture 6 - Probability Distributions II
- Lecture 7 - Fitting Data
- Lecture 8 - Examples
- DISCnet Centre for Doctoral Training: Director of Training, 2017−
Six core modules at level 8, equivalent to 45 credits: 150 hours total, 25 PhD students
Assessment: formative assessments in each session
Director of Training and Skills for DISCnet CDT in Data Intensive Science - consortium of five universities. Designed training programme of six modules delivered as 3-day residential events. The modules are taught by 12 academics across the consortium. Excellent student feedback.
- SPA5250 Physics of Energy and the Environment: module organiser, 2017−20
- SPA6300 Synoptic Physics: module organiser, 2015−18
Level 5 elective module, 15 credits: 3 lectures / week , 40 students
Assessment: in-session assessments, coursework, final project essay
Module lead responsible for design and delivery. Introduced a new policy and ethics element to the module receiving outstanding feedback.
Level 6 core module: 1 tutorial/week (8 students/group), 120 students
Assessment: oral summative assessments in each session
Module lead managing 10 academics delivering weekly general physics problems.
- SPA6309 Radiation Detectors: module organiser since 2013−15
- SPA5302 Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics: 2005-14
Level 6 core module, 15 credits: 3 lectures/week, 35 students
Assessment: in-session assessments, coursework, 2½ exam
Module lead. Core module for Particle Physics BSc/MSci programmes.
Level 5 core module, 15 credits: 3 lectures/week, 120 students
Assessment: in-session assessments, coursework, 2½ exam
Module lead. Core module for all Physics BSc and MSci programmes. Early adopter of new pedagogies including flipped / blended learning. Awarded Innovative Teaching Prize 2012.
- SPA6913 / 6776 / 7016U / 7015U Undergraduate Projects: project supervisor since 2004
Level 6/7 core module, 15-45 credits, typically 3-6 students annually, weekly supervision
Assessment: oral exam (30 minutes), final oral presentation and final written report
In 2010 I innovated using external contacts to jointly supervise projects giving students access to expertise outside QMUL including KCL Department of War Studies, and the Royal United Services Institute – defence policy think-tank.
Eram Rizvi is a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at the LHC, and is studying the process of quark & anti-quark annihilation and the subsequent decay to muon and anti-muon. This process is sensitive to the distribution of quarks and gluons inside the proton, and therefore tells us about the dynamics of QCD - one of the four fundamental forces of nature. At high energies, this process is one of the main decay mechanisms for some new particles like a heavy Z' boson, or so-called Kaluza-Klein excitations of particles moving in hidden extra-dimensions.
Eram is also studying QCD in the Deep Inelastic Scattering of high energy electrons off the quark constituents of the proton at the H1 experiment in Hamburg, Germany. Precision measurements of the inclusive neutral and charged current cross sections provide complementary information about the quark and gluon content of the proton and his measurements allow stringent constraints to be placed on calculated processes at the LHC. These measurements are also sensitive to the Electroweak parts of the Standard Model and can be used to place limits on the quark radius.
He is also part of a small collaboration of theoreticians and experimentalists interested in the area of quantum gravity which has yet to be experimentally observed. It is hoped that at the very highest energy LHC collisions quantum gravity effects may become visible and lead to the production of micro black holes and the discovery of hidden extra-dimensions. Together with collaborators Eram has produced a state-of-the-art calculation and simulation of these processes, published as the computer program BlackMax which will help LHC physicists search for these new phenomena.
Examples of research funding:
EPSRC CDT in Data Science and Engineering (£1.6m)
Grant Reference: EP/V519935/1
Dates: 2020-10 to 2026-03
Search for the dimuon decay of the Higgs boson in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Phys.Rev.Lett. 119 (2017) no.5, 051802
Precision measurement and interpretation of inclusive W+ , W− and Z/γ∗ production cross sections with the ATLAS detector
Eur.Phys.J. C77 (2017) no.6, 367
Measurement of total and differential W+W− production cross sections in proton-proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector and limits on anomalous triple-gauge-boson couplings
JHEP 1609 (2016) 029
Measurement of the double-differential high-mass Drell-Yan cross section in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector
JHEP 1608 (2016) 009
Measurement of W± and Z-boson production cross sections in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Phys.Lett. B759 (2016) 601-621
Combination of measurements of inclusive deep inelastic e±p scattering cross sections and QCD analysis of HERA data
Eur.Phys.J. C75 (2015) no.12, 580
Search for contact interactions and large extra dimensions in the dilepton channel using proton-proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Eur.Phys.J. C74 (2014) no.12, 3134
Search for high-mass dilepton resonances in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Phys.Rev. D90 (2014) no.5, 052005
Measurement of the low-mass Drell-Yan differential cross section at √s = 7 TeV using the ATLAS detector
JHEP 1406 (2014) 112
Measurement of the Z/γ∗ boson transverse momentum distribution in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector
JHEP 1409 (2014) 145
Measurement of W+W− production in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector and limits on anomalous WWZ and WWγ couplings
Phys.Rev. D87 (2013) no.11, 112001
Erratum: Phys.Rev. D88 (2013) no.7, 079906
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.88.079906, 10.1103/PhysRevD.87.112001
Measurement of angular correlations in Drell-Yan lepton pairs to probe Z/γ∗ boson transverse momentum at sqrt(s)=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Phys.Lett. B720 (2013) 32-51
Jet Production in ep Collisions at High Q**2 and Determination of alpha(s)
Eur.Phys.J. C65 (2010) 363-383
Measurement of the Inclusive ep Scattering Cross Section at Low Q^2 and x at HERA
Eur.Phys.J. C63 (2009) 625-678
First measurement of charged current cross sections at HERA with longitudinally polarised positrons
Lett. B634 (2006) 173-179
Measurement of Neutral and Charged Current Cross Sections in e-p Collisions at High Q2
Eur. Phys. J. C19 (2001) p269-288, H1 Collaboration
xF3ɣZ in Charged Lepton Scattering
Eur. Phys. J. Direct C3, N2 (2001) p1-8, E. Rizvi and T. Sloan
Measurement and QCD Analysis of Jet Cross Sections in Deep-Inelastic e+p collisions
Eur. Phys. J. C19 (2001) p289-311, H1 Collaboration
Measurement of Neutral and Charged Current Cross Sections in e+p Collisions at Large Q2
Eur. Phys. J. C13, (2000) p609-639, H1 Collaboration
High Q2 Deep Inelastic Scattering at HERA
J. Phys. G 25, (1999) p1387-1409, A. M. Cooper-Sarkar et al
Bose-Einstein Correlations in Deep Inelastic ep Scattering at HERA
Z. Phys. C75, (1997) p437-451, H1 Collaboration
A Study of the Fragmentation of Quarks in ep Collisions at HERA
Nucl. Phys. B445, (1995) p3-24, H1 Collaboration
Full Publications can be found here [PDF].
This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.
Talks and Seminars
This is a selected list of talks, lectures and presentations I have given with slides available in PDF format.
- Electroweak Precision Measurements - CERN Theory Seminar, Geneva, 2017
- High Mass Drell-Yan Production and the Photon PDF - QCD at the LHC Conference, Zurich, 2016
- The Next 20 Years of the LHC - Public Lecture, QMUL, London, 2016
- Proton Structure - HeraPdf2.0 - HepMad 2015, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 2015
- Large Hadron Electron Collider Proposal - PPAP Meeting, Rutherford Lab, 2014
- Quantum Gravity Signatures at the LHC [PDF 11,169KB] - Asymptotic Safety Workshop, Sussex, 2014
- Quarkonium Production [PDF 15,592KB] - QCD at the LHC Conference, Hamburg, 2013
- Micro Black Holes at the LHC - Classical to Quantum Gravity Winter School, Brighton, 2013
- Higgs Production at the LHC - [video] - QM Student Seminar, London, 2012
- Proton Structure - International Workshop on Neutrino Interactions, Rio De Janeiro, 2012
- Precision DIS Measurements - LHC EW Working Group, CERN, 2012
- High Q2 DIS Structure Functions at HERA - PDF4LHC Workshop, Durham, 2012
- Search for Contact Interactions at HERA - International Conference on High Energy Physics, Melbourne, 2012
- A Short Course in Particle Physics - Royal Institution, London, 2012
- Precision QCD and Electroweak Fits - International Europhysics Conference on HEP, Grenoble, 2011
- Precision QCD at HERA - PDFs For LHC Workshop - DESY, Hamburg, 2011
- A Short Course in Particle Physics - Royal Institution, London, 2011
- Structure Functions and PDFs - Photon 2011 Conference - Spa, Belgium, 2011
- TeV Scale Gravity - University of Qatar, 2011
- Micro Black Hole Phenomenology - NeXT Consortium, Rutherford Lab, 2011
- Student Societies Particle Physics Talk - Exeter, 2010
- Micro Black Holes & Extra Dimensions at the LHC - Birmingham, 2010
- LHC Teachers Event - QMUL, London 2010
- EPS Conference 2009 - Krakow, 2009
- DIS Workshop 2008 - UCL, London 2008
- ESD Student Response Systems - QMUL, London, 2008 [video available here]
- Graduate School on Parton Density Functions - Berlin 2008
- HERA Celebration - Rutherford Lab, 2008
- Particle Physics Schools Talk - London 2007-2010
- PsiStar - Hera To LHC - QMUL, London 2007
- WIN Workshop - Kolkatta, 2007
- Lake Louise Winter School - Canada, 2004
- Experimental Methods in Particle Physics - UCL, London, 2004-2012