The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is one of four high-energy physics experiments presently in the final stages of construction to operate at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) facility at CERN, Geneva.
In 2007 the LHC will produce head on collisions between 7 TeV protons, making it the most powerful accelerator ever built. One of the main motivations to built the LHC is its potential to discover new physics at the TeV scale that is strongly expected given the current experimental and theoretical panorama in particle physics
A wide range of these theoretical new physics models predicts the existence of stable very heavy electromagnetically charged particles, produced in quantities which would be detectable at early stages of the running of the LHC.
The most vital detector in the CMS experiment for the discovery and study of such particles is the silicon strip tracker, where they would leave high momentum tracks and deposit a much higher energy than light particles, allowing identification.
The main goal of the this project is to discover stable heavy electromagnetically charged particles, associated with new physics, using the CMS silicon strip tracker. To achieve this, the applicant will play a leading role in the operation and calibration of the silicon strip tracker, the latter fundamental for the data analysis.
The experience will be used to model in detail the response of the tracker to charged heavy particles. This will be used to perform an analysis of the early LHC data to search for new heavy charged particles. Currently the applicant has experience with analyses concerning detection of heavy particles, but she has a limited amount of hardware experience.
Being part of the CMS Pisa group would allow her to gain this (crucial) experience, to participate in one of the most exciting collaborations in particle physics, and to perform an extremely interesting data analysis.
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