Janaury 2018-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow
Particle Physics and the Search for Physics Beyond the Standard Model
411A Jadwin Hall
Many experimental and theoretical considerations point towards the idea that the Standard Model of particle physics cannot be a complete description of nature. Two such examples are the postulated existence of Dark Matter and the so called Hierarchy Problem. These unsolved problems point towards the possibility of the existence of physics beyond the Standard Model. The main focus of the last decades, driven by a number of considerations, has been on searching for new physics at the Weak scale. One of these considerations, is that DM with Weak scale masses and interactions predicts a thermal history with the correct relic abundance. Another, is that solutions to the Hierarchy Problem often predict Weak scale new physics. However, such Weak scale particles are yet to be detected, and the field of high energy physics is currently undergoing a paradigm shift. On the Dark Matter front, new well motivated theories are being considered, many of which point towards much lighter particles. On the collider front, new classes of models, their signals and analysis techniques are being studied. My research constitutes part of this paradigm shift including the proposal of novel direct detection techniques for discovering light dark matter, model building of new theories, and new analyses and techniques for the study of results from the Large Hadron Collider.