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PhD student working in general searches for new physics with the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Early-Stage Researcher for the #AMVA4NP Innovative Training Network, based at LPC-UBP (Clermont-Ferrand).

Plans for next Summer? Start a career in particle physics!

by Fabricio Jiménez

This is the time of the year when I start to reach out to as many undergraduates in physics (and similar subjects) as possible. My yearly mantra for them: “Apply to summer internships!” I cannot emphasize how much my two internships shaped my life and career, from fortuitously having breakfast with a Nobel laureate, the living legend Jack Steinberger (and maybe a story to tell in another post) to hands-on work in physics analyses for the LHC and making friends from all across the globe. Continue reading “Plans for next Summer? Start a career in particle physics!”

On the origins of “hysteresis”

by Fabricio Jiménez

A few years ago, back when I was a Summer Student at CERN, me and other physics students had some debate on the origins of the word “hysteresis.” We were just coming back from CinéTransat – an open-air cinema at La Perle du Lac park in Geneva, and having a random chat until Sabina jokingly accused Josefa of being hysteric, for a reason I can’t remember right now. From there, they started a discussion on how the word “hysteric” was related to “uterus” (at some point in the past, hysteria was defined as a psychological disorder related to the organ), and to “hysterectomy” (the removal Continue reading “On the origins of “hysteresis””

Padova: What to Expect

by Fabricio Jiménez

The time for my first secondment is about to arrive and I have to say that reading previous stories in this blog has set the bar high for this new experience. We are aiming to start a collaborative work between my lab at Blaise Pascal University and the Statistics Department at the University of Padova (UNIPD), with two secondments planned: mine during next February in Padova and Greg’s here in Clermont-Ferrand in a Continue reading “Padova: What to Expect”

Teaching and Reaching Out to Latin America

by Fabricio Jiménez

How do you get the general public interested in physics? How do you show in an accessible way why and how you do physics? How do you convince youngsters to study physics? These are all non-trivial questions, which many physicists have posed themselves when trying to reach out to the general public. Ultimately, their goal is to transmit Continue reading “Teaching and Reaching Out to Latin America”

CERN Latin American School of High Energy Physics 2017

by Fabricio Jiménez

This short post is to advertise the CERN Latin American School of High Energy Physics (CLASHEP) 2017 in Mexico. The deadline for applications is the upcoming 18th of NovemberContinue reading “CERN Latin American School of High Energy Physics 2017”

Approaching General Searches, part I

by Fabricio Jiménez

This time I’m going to write about the ways of approaching general searches for new phenomena. I invite you to read my previous post to get some context, if you haven’t already. The essence of such searches is to explore as many signatures as possible, without assuming any model of new physics. But how does one do that?

During my last visit to CERN, I had the chance to meet in person for the first time Continue reading “Approaching General Searches, part I”

General Searches and Black Swans at the LHC

by Fabricio Jiménez

Hi again! So, this time I’m going to tell you about two ideas which are fairly new to me but nonetheless interesting (and, I think, closely related): General searches for new phenomena at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and Black Swan events. Continue reading “General Searches and Black Swans at the LHC”

Bonjour le monde !

by Fabricio Jiménez

Hello there! My name is Fabricio Jiménez and this is my first post in this blog. I have just started my doctoral studies at Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and am thrilled to take part in the AMVA4NewPhysics Innovative Training Network as an Early Stage Researcher for the next three years. The subject of my thesis will be within a general search for new physics, using statistical learning tools to analyze data taken by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Continue reading “Bonjour le monde !”

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