I am an experimental particle physicists working with the ATLAS collaboration. The ATLAS experiment collects data of the Large Hadron Collider's proton-proton collisions at ultra high energies to study the fundamental particles and their interactions. In 2012 the ATLAS collaboration reported the discovery of a new fundamental particle, the Higgs boson, which is a crucial ingredient to understand how fundamental particles gain their mass. My research focusses on the measurement of the properties of the Higgs boson. Measuring its properties with great precision helps understanding if it only interacts with particles already known to us or if yet undiscovered particles or interactions take place when Higgs bosons are produced or decay.
My most recent research measures the Higgs boson in decays to bottom and charm quarks and navigates the experimental challenges of reconstructing such decays and distinguishing them from other (much more common) processes with similar experimental signatures. My research also gives insights into Higgs boson production at large transverse momenta, which is a very sensitive probe for unknown physics effects.
In addition, I am part of the operational team of the Semi-Conductor Tracker (SCT), which is one important component in the ATLAS detector to track charged particles and measure their momenta. Currently the focus is to understand the evolution of the SCT performance after year-long bombardment with highly energetic particles and ensuring reliable data taking for an upcoming new data taking period.