EducationPh.D., University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Research interests are in high-energy particle physics and, in particular, in experiments at colliding beam accelerators.
Our Carnegie Mellon group is part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration, which has constructed and is operating a massive detector for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is a proton-proton colliding beam accelerator at the European accelerator center, CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland http://cms.cern.ch/ and http://public.web.cern.ch/public/. It has reached center-of-mass collision energies of 8 TeV, the highest ever created in an accelerator.
Following the recent discovery of a Higgs boson by the CMS and ATLAS experiments the main goals of CMS include probing the properties of the Higgs boson in detail, and searching for Physics Beyond the Standard Model. Such new physics might manifest itself through supersymmetry, dark-matter candidate particles, or additional quarks and leptons beyond the known three families. This latter aspect of searches is a specific focus of mine.
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