PhD Research Project: ATLAS: Search for supersymmetric partners of the bottom and top quarks
The student will develop an analysis to search for supersymmetric partners of the bottom- and top-quarks with ATLAS and will apply them to the latest data from the experiment. The project will focus on events where two b-quarks are reconstructed together with large missing transverse momentum. This channel offers the best possibility for discovering sbottom and stop squarks at the LHC, with stop squarks themselves expected to be significantly lighter, and hence more observable, than other strongly interacting SUSY particles.
This project therefore offers the student the possibility of making a Nobel prize winning discovery!