This page is under construction! Stay tuned. (Nov 11, 2013)
What is this site?
This is the working site for the ATLAS group at SUNY Albany. We have a continuing federal grant from the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy. The group's work is currently focused on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva Switzerland. This site is primarily for group members to share documents and information.
You can look at public results from the ATLAS experiment on their website, which is linked here
If you are a graduate student looking for more information, please come see either professer Ernst or professor Jain and we'll be happy to give you access to the internal portions of the site. You can also find some generic information about our work on the university's bio pages here and here.
Current Group Members
- Jesse Ernst (Faculty)
- Vivek Jain (Faculty)
- Stefan Guindon (Postdoctoral Fellow)
- Julian Bouffard (Graduate student)
- Adam Fischer (Graduate student)
- Eric Dohner (Undergraduate student)
- Steven Young (Undergraduate student)
Our research interests
- Study of the Higgs boson: We are looking at the associated production of the Higgs boson with top - anti-top pairs. This allows for a direct measurement of the top-Higgs Yukawa coupling strength. This note, submitted to the 2013 Snowmass Study, explores the sensitivity of a detector at the LHC to observe this mode.
- Search for displaced vertices that are predicted in wide variety of models such as R-parity violating SUSY, Hidden Valley models. The most recent results, based on data collected in 2012, can be found at this link.
- Trigger Software and Algorithms: We are investigating the performance of the b-jet trigger. In the past, we wrote some general purpose software to get detailed information on all triggers used on ATLAS (the TrigConf tool)
- Understanding the material in the Inner Detector: We developed a new technique to study the material in the ATLAS Inner Detector, which uses secondary vertices due to hadronic interactions of primary particles. The spatial resolution can be as much 10-20 times better than that from using photon conversions. The previous result can be found at this link, and it is being extended to more regions.
- R&D on the design of the Phase 2 Inner Tracker: The ATLAS detector is being constantly upgraded, and in Phase 2 (around 2022), the entire tracking system is scheduled to be replaced. The Letter of Intent is available at this link. We are involved in the design of the inner tracker.
Past Group Members
ok, this isn't really us, but these people looked so respectable that I thought it'd be best to show them instead of us.