Staff profile

Dr Lee Barnby


Lecturer

Subject

Mathematics

College

College of Engineering and Technology

Department

Electronics, Computing and Mathematics

Campus

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Email

l.barnby@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a lecturer in Mathematics, teaching on several undergraduate modules, including supervising final year student projects and on one Masters course. My research background is in experimental high energy nuclear physics, which involves smashing together nuclei at very high energies to recreate, on a much smaller scale, the conditions in the first few microseconds after the big bang. This research involves collecting and analysing several petabytes of data, so I am interested in advanced techniques for handling these data and work with colleagues in the Computing sub-department on this. I have an interest in the connection between the distributions of the particles produced in the collisions and the mathematics describing non-equilibrium processes.  I also supervise PhD students working in this area and work to infuse this research into my teaching.

Teaching responsibilities

Research interests

High-energy nuclear collisions at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

By studying these collisions, we can learn about 'QCD' (Quantum Chromodynamics) the force that binds together the familiar matter we see around us. As a result of the collision, an extremely hot droplet of fluid is formed with remarkable properties. Many thousands of particles are created in each collision when this fluid 'freezes out'.  This research involves collecting and analysing several petabytes of data, so I am interested in advanced techniques for handling these data and work with colleagues in the Computing sub-department on this. I have an interest in the connection between the distributions of the particles produced in the collisions and the mathematics describing non-equilibrium processes.

I am interested in supervising PhD or MRes students on projects involving the A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE) at CERN. Please contact me for details.

Membership of professional bodies

Member, Institute of Physics (MInstP)

Qualifications

Postgraduate

Ph.D in Nuclear Physics, Birmingham (1999)

Undergraduate

B.Sc. in Physics, Manchester (1995)

Recent conferences

International experience

Throughout my research career, I have had international collaborators and experience working abroad. In 2015 spent one year based at the CERN (European Particle Physics Laboratory) as a Scientific Associate (a kind of visiting scientist) as part of my work with the ALICE Collaboration which I joined in 2008. I had previously carried out research, since 1999, with the STAR Collaboration based at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the USA, spending the first four years of my postdoctoral career living there on Long Island, NY. My thesis work was done at CERN with the NA49 experiment and my first visit there in 1995 was my first ever flight! More recently (2018) I served as an external examiner for a PhD viva at the University of Turin.

Recent publications

The full list of the ~350 publications that I have as a member of the ALICE, STAR and NA49 Collaborations are available on the INSPIRE website. Recent highlights include:

All the above are open access.