My research is in particle physics and is mainly concerned with the search for physics beyond the Standard Model. I am particularly interested in the problem of Electroweak symmetry breaking and the nature of dark matter. The origin of the Electroweak scale is one of the last unresolved problems in particle physics and is currently being vigorously pursued by several very large experiments in Fermilab as well as the Large Hadron Collider. With regard to dark matter, while it is yet unclear whether it is really a problem of basic particle physics, one possibility is that it is in fact a new fundamental particle. Indeed, it may even be deeply connected with the Electroweak scale itself.
Aside from my theoretical work, I am involved in several projects which are more experimental in nature. In particular, RECAST is a large project I have been developing together with Prof. Kyle Cranmer. It is a framework designed to facilitate the interactions between different members of high energy particle physics. Its aim is to allow further testing and considerations of alternative hypotheses in searches for new physics. You can find more details here www.recast.it. Over the past several months, great progress was made towards a functional implementation of the framework thanks to the generous support of the Perimeter Institute. A beta version of the site can be found here recast.perimeterinstitute.ca
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