High Energy Physics Group

Beyond the Standard Model Phenomenology

Our group's focus is in two complementary directions: (i) the search for new physics at colliders, especially the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and (ii) uncovering new discovery opportunities for dark matter (DM). With the impressive success of the Standard Model (SM) in explaining results from high energy, precision, and direct detection experiments to date, new ideas are needed to discover and identify the physics responsible for DM, among other mysteries of the universe. Our program thus systematically studies and explores new signatures of a broad and well-motivated class of dark matter theories that can easily explain existing experimental null results while providing novel solutions to the problems of the SM. Simultaneously, we work to maximize the discovery potential of the LHC and other terrestrial experiments by studying difficult and non-standard signatures of BSM physics, such as new particles with a macroscopic lifetime and exotic decays of the Higgs boson.