I am one of four SMU faculty members who together form the SMU ATLAS Research Group. For information about the activities of the other faculty members, please see our main group research page.
What is the ATLAS Experiment?
The ATLAS Experiment is operated by a collaboration of about 5000 scientists from 180 institutions in 38 countries. Together, we are working at the highest-energy collision frontier ever explored by humanity in an attempt to answer fundamental questions about the universe. What are the building blocks of nature? What was the universe like when it was just a billionth of a second old? Are there extra dimensions of space or time that can be reached at high energies? What is the origin of mass in the universe? What is dark matter?
Current Research Collaborators
Past Research Collaborators
Opportunities at SMU
The SMU ATLAS group is involved in both technical and physics analysis contributions to the ATLAS experiment. My own effort is focused on two areas: the coupling of the Higgs bosons to heavy quark flavors, with emphasis on the bottom quark, and technical contributions related to that physics in b-jet triggers, flavor tagging, and hardware-based tracking.
SMU is home to a world-class optoelectronics research laboratory anda new firmware laboratory that currently supports R&D work for ATLAS upgrades. In addition, we are home to an world-class high-performance computing system, called “ManeFrame II”, that provides priority computing access to local users. The SMU Physics Department focuses only on particle physics and astroparticle physics, providing a deep concentration on areas that would be of most interest to LHC physicists.