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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Professor Eram Rizvi


Professor in Physics

Telephone: 020 7882 6548
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 409



My teaching covers a variety of courses and topics which I have given since 2004 including:

Analysis Methods in High Energy Physics

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.

Graduate Lectures in Parton Density Functions

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.

Rutherford Summer School in High Energy Physics

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.

Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics

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.

Undergraduate Tutorials in Synoptic Physics

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.

Undergraduate Lectures in Experimental Technique

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:

Undergraduate Teaching

  • 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.


Research Interests:

A complete CV is available here, and a current list of publications can be found here.

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

STFC Experimental Particlee Physics Consolidated Grant 2019 (£2.6m)

Grant Reference: ST/S00095X/1

Dates: 2019-10 to 2022-09



Measurement of the Drell-Yan triple-differential cross section in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV
JHEP 1712 (2017) 059
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP12(2017)059
e-Print: arXiv:1710.05167
8 citations

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
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.051802
e-Print: arXiv:1705.04582
31 Citation

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
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-4911-9
e-Print: arXiv:1612.03016
66 Citation


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
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP09(2016)029
e-Print: arXiv:1603.01702
65 Citation

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
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP08(2016)009
e-Print: arXiv:1606.01736
38 Citation

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
DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2016.06.023
e-Print: arXiv:1603.09222
88 Citation


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
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3710-4
e-Print: arXiv:1506.06042
307 Citation

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
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-014-3134-6
e-Print: arXiv:1407.2410
59 Citation


Search for high-mass dilepton resonances in pp collisions at s=8  TeV with the ATLAS detector
Phys.Rev. D90 (2014) no.5, 052005
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.90.052005
e-Print: arXiv:1405.4123
376 Citation

Measurement of the low-mass Drell-Yan differential cross section at s = 7 TeV using the ATLAS detector
JHEP 1406 (2014) 112
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP06(2014)112
e-Print: arXiv:1404.1212 
66 Citation

Measurement of the Z/γ boson transverse momentum distribution in pp collisions at s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector
JHEP 1409 (2014) 145
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP09(2014)145
e-Print: arXiv:1406.3660
247 Citation


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.88.07990610.1103/PhysRevD.87.112001
e-Print: arXiv:1210.2979 
190 Citation

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
DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2013.01.054
e-Print: arXiv:1211.6899 
80 citation

The Quark and Gluon Structure of the Proton
Rept.Prog.Phys. 76 (2013) 046201
DOI: 10.1088/0034-4885/76/4/046201
e-Print: arXiv:1208.11
45 Citation


Inclusive Deep Inelastic Scattering at High Q2 with Longitudinally Polarised Lepton Beams at HERA
JHEP 1209 (2012) 061
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP09(2012)061
e-Print: arXiv:1206.7007 
98 Citation


Combined Measurement and QCD Analysis of the Inclusive e±p Scattering Cross Sections at HERA
JHEP 1001 (2010) 109
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP01(2010)109
e-Print: arXiv:0911.0884
925 Citation

Jet Production in ep Collisions at High Q**2 and Determination of alpha(s)
Eur.Phys.J. C65 (2010) 363-383
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-009-1208-7
DESY-09-032, DESY09-032
e-Print: arXiv:0904.3870
88 Citation


Measurement of the Inclusive ep Scattering Cross Section at Low Q^2 and x at HERA
Eur.Phys.J. C63 (2009) 625-678
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-009-1128-6
DESY-08-171, DESY08-171
e-Print: arXiv:0904.0929 
158 Citation


BlackMax: A black-hole event generator with rotation, recoil, split branes, and brane tension
Phys.Rev. D77 (2008) 076007
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.77.076007
e-Print: arXiv:0711.3012 
165 Citation


First measurement of charged current cross sections at HERA with longitudinally polarised positrons
Lett. B634 (2006) 173-179
DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2006.01.054
e-Print: hep-ex/0512060
41 Citation


A Determination of electroweak parameters at HERA
DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2005.10.035
e-Print: hep-ex/0507080
51 Citation

Search for new physics in e±qe±q contact interactions at HERA
Phys.Lett. B568 (2003) 35-47
DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2003.06.034
e-Print: hep-ex/0305015
53 Citation

Measurement and QCD analysis of neutral and charged current cross-sections at HERA
Phys.J. C30 (2003) 1-32
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s2003-01257-6
e-Print: hep-ex/030400
359 Citation


Search for compositeness, leptoquarks and large extra dimensions in eq contact interactions at HERA
DOI: 10.1016/S0370-2693(00)00332-4 DESY-00-027
e-Print: hep-ex/0003002
81 Citation

Measurement of Neutral and Charged Current Cross Sections in e-p Collisions at High Q2
Eur. Phys. J. C19 (2001) p269-288, H1 Collaboration
DOI: 10.1007/s100520100607
e-Print: hep-ex/0012052

xF3ɣZ in Charged Lepton Scattering
Eur. Phys. J. Direct C3, N2 (2001) p1-8, E. Rizvi and T. Sloan
DOI: 10.1007/s1010501c00N2
e-Print: hep-ex/0101007

Measurement and QCD Analysis of Jet Cross Sections in Deep-Inelastic e+p collisions
Eur. Phys. J. C19 (2001) p289-311, H1 Collaboration
DOI: 10.1007/s100520100621
e-Print: hep-ex/0010054

Measurement of Neutral and Charged Current Cross Sections in e+p Collisions at Large Q2
Eur. Phys. J. C13, (2000) p609-639, H1 Collaboration
DOI: 10.1007/s100520000316
e-Print: hep-ex/9908059

High Q2 Deep Inelastic Scattering at HERA
J. Phys. G 25, (1999) p1387-1409, A. M. Cooper-Sarkar et al
DOI: 10.1088/0954-3899/25/7/316
e-Print: hep-ph/9902277

Bose-Einstein Correlations in Deep Inelastic ep Scattering at HERA
Z. Phys. C75, (1997) p437-451, H1 Collaboration
DOI: 10.1007/s002880050486
e-Print: hep-ex/9705001

A Study of the Fragmentation of Quarks in ep Collisions at HERA
Nucl. Phys. B445, (1995) p3-24, H1 Collaboration
DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(95)91599-H
e-Print: hep-ex/9505003

Full Publications can be found here [PDF].

All Publications


    This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.

    Project Title
    High Precision Electroweak Tests Of The Standard Model
    Search for Higgs Boson Decays to muons
    Measurement of low mass dimuon pairs
    Search for micro black hole production at the LHC
    Search for Z' resonances.
    Measurement of the Drell-Yan cross section



    Talks and Seminars

    This is a selected list of talks, lectures and presentations I have given with slides available in PDF format.

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