Physics Colloquium: New physics searches with ATLAS

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Physics Colloquium
New physics searches with ATLAS

Dr. Walter Hopkins
Assistant Physicist
Argonne National Labs

Results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments have verified many of the predictions of the highly successful Standard Model (SM) of particle physics. However, the SM  lacks an explanation for several observed phenomena (e.g., dark matter), motivating the search for Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) physics. One BSM framework, Supersymmetry (SUSY) is an extension of the SM that can resolve the gauge hierarchy problem and provides a dark matter candidate. A walk-through of the ATLAS experiment and how SUSY searches are performed will be provided. Additionally, future prospects of searching for new physics with ATLAS will be discussed.

Speaker Bio:
My research focuses on searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model. Specifically, my work involves searching for evidence of a new symmetry in nature: Supersymmetry (SUSY). SUSY not only solves a problem known as the hierarchy problem, which involves the SM failing to predict precision corrections to the Higgs mass, but also proposes a dark matter candidate. I’m involved in a search for SUSY particle production with the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. I’m also involved in working with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility to prepare the ATLAS software for use on High Performance Computing machines such as Theta and future machines such as A21.

Intended Audience:
Beginners, undergraduates, graduates, experts. Those with interest in the topic.

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When and Where
April 13, 2022
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Room/Location: 3365

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