LHCb is designed to search for new forces and particles by measuring with unprecedented precision the decays of particles containing bottom quarks, charm quarks and their antimatter equivalents. This will help us understand why our universe appears to be composed almost entirely of matter but not antimatter.
Approximately 30 scientists from Syracuse University, University of Maryland, University of Cincinnati and MIT (including professors, researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students), work on the LHCb experiment. The total collaboration numbers about 750 scientists, including about 170 graduate students from 15 countries.
Since 2005, US scientists have contributed to designing, building and testing the LHCb detector in addition to performing important data analyses. The US groups are also currently constructing a new silicon tracking detector called the upstream tracker, which will help them better-see the particles produced immediately after the collisions during future runs of the LHC.
The LHCb detector
Width: 43 feet
Length: 69 feet
Weight: 6,200 tons
Design: Forward spectrometer with planar detectors
Location: 330 feet beneath Ferney-Voltaire, France