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Collider and Neutrino Phenomenology

My current research interests include study of beyond the Standard Model (BSM) signatures at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), investigation of collider kinematic variables and development of software tools for reinterpretation of LHC data, as well as probes of new physics in the neutrino sector at reactors. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation since 2015, and I have been recognized as a KITP Scholar by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I maintain a broad network of research collaborators, including several faculty at the nearby Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, and have published or worked directly with more than 20 individuals at fourteen different institutions during the last three years. My research overlaps with that of SHSU Physics Professor James B. Dent, and we both function as theory advisors to the MINER (Mitchell Institute Neutrino Experiment at Reactor) project.

My students at SHSU have gone on to graduate study at Baylor, Georgia Tech, the University of Houston (2), the University of Oklahoma (2), Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech (2), and Vanderbilt, and to careers in industry. Former student Kamal Lamichhane was awarded a prestigious LHC Physics Center Graduate Scholar appointment at FermiLab for 2018. Derek Johnson, Matt Breeding, Kebur Fantahun, and Ashen Fernando recently presented their research at the annual Phenomenology conference at the University of Pittsburgh, and the latter pair additionally published their work in Physical Review D as "Probing Squeezed Bino-Slepton Spectra with the Large Hadron Collider", in collaboration with faculty and post-doctoral assistants at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Hawaii, Utah, and Michigan.

More specifically, my collider phenomenology interests include methods for probing kinematically difficult regions of the BSM parameter space, characterizing viable modes of new physics to which the precision, high-luminosity, LHC has future sensitivity, exploring a new scale-invariant jet clustering algorithm, and development of public software tools designed to facilitate and automate general analyses of this type. AEACuS (Algorithmic Event Arbiter and Cut Selection) is a fully-featured package for implementing generic event selection cuts on Monte-Carlo collider-detector simulated event specification files in the standardized .lhco format. RHADAManTHUS (Recursively Heuristic Analysis, Display and Manipulation: The Histogram Utility Suite) is a companion package for the one- and two-dimensional plotting of collider event statistics. Both are available on GitHub. With Dent, and collaborators Dutta, Strigari, Newstead, and Liao, I additionally explore sensitivity to new physics through the Coherent Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering process, including heavy gauge bosons, sterile neutrino oscillations, impacts on dark matter detection experiments, new sub-GeV mediators, and the Non-Standard Interaction parameters. My publication record is available on the arXiv.

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