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Dr Pippa Wells


Pippa Wells is a physicist at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. After completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, she took up a CERN fellowship and then a staff position, working on the OPAL experiment at the Large Electron Positron collider, LEP. This included taking into account the effects of local electric trains on the LEP magnets, and earth tides on the accelerator tunnel, to make precise measurements of particle masses. She is now a member of the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider. For a number of years she was project leader of the innermost part of the detector, which measures the tracks of charged particles as they emerge from the interaction point. This is an essential ingredient in measuring the newly discovered Higgs boson. She now coordinates studies of the physics potential of a future high-luminosity LHC