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AMVA4NewPhysics

A Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN funded by the Horizon2020 program of the European Commission

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May 2017

Work, life, and a future-proof skill set

by Giles Strong

The other day I attended a seminar given by an alumna of my university. She’d studied a master’s in physics before leaving academia and going into the IT industry and the title of her presentation was “College to Corporate”.

She began with a quick overview of how she got to where she was and what her current life was like; how she worked with teams around the world and travelled frequently, all the while looking after her three children. Continue reading “Work, life, and a future-proof skill set”

Recasting new physics searches at the LHC

The AMVA4NewPhysics work package I am involved in is related to developing tools for recasting new physics searches, with a particular focus on multivariate analyses. I would like to explain a little more about it in this article.
Let me begin by describing the motivation to look for new physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Despite the fact that the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics is very successful at describing most properties of elementary particles, there are many reasons to believe that nature is much more complicated and there is new physics, or physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM). Firstly, there is the hierarchy problem that asks why the electroweak scale or the Higgs mass, 125 GeV can be so light compared to the cutoff scale of the SM, the Planck scale if there is no BSM physics, which is 17 orders of magnitude larger than the electroweak scale. The Higgs mass is unprotected by any symmetry in the SM, and the quantum corrections to its mass are proportional to the cutoff scale. One requires an extreme fine tuning to keep the Higgs boson light while renormalizing the quantum effects, which seems to be totally unnatural. Secondly, as explained previously, there exists dark matter, which is thought by many to be a new type of elementary particle. For these and many other motivations, people are excited at the prospects of discovering BSM physics at the LHC.

Continue reading “Recasting new physics searches at the LHC”

INSIGHTS: a New Little Brother for AMVA4NewPhysics

by the AMVA4NewPhysics Press Office

AMVA4NewPhysics has a little brother, INSIGHTS. The latter is in fact young but not so little, as it starts big: it is a new ITN that has just been approved and will be funded for four years with 3.14 million euros, starting in September 2017. Like AMVA4NewPhysics, INSIGHTS is a child of the marriage of particle physics and statistics, and like AMVA4NewPhysics it will train highly-skilled graduate students on a wide range of topics, bringing interdisciplinarity into their genes. Finally, like its older brother, INSIGHTS has INFN as a beneficiary partner, and it will bring funding to its Naples and Padova section, in the latter case with Dorigo, who is also the scientific coordinator of AMVA4NewPhysics, as PI.

It is important to recall that the whole concept of the ITN institution, one of the “Marie-Curie Actions” of the Research Executive Continue reading “INSIGHTS: a New Little Brother for AMVA4NewPhysics”

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