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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Thomas Charman


Research Student

Telephone: 020 7882 6567
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 402


Project Description: I am currently working on two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Monopole and Exotics Detector at the LHC (MoEDAL) and A Toroidal LHC Apparatus (ATLAS). 

On MoEDAL, we aim to find fundamental particles with magnetic monopoles, by this we mean a particle with a magnetic north or south but not both. Up until now no elementary particles have ever been observed that have this property. We search for these particles, as well as other exotic particles, with polymer nuclear track detectors. These detectors are optimised for the detection of long lived, heavily ionising particles. My role on the experiment is to analyse the polymer samples with machine learning and computer vision techniques. 

As a member of the ATLAS collaboration, I am working in the group that studies the Higgs boson decaying to a pair of bottom quarks. Although this kind of process is thought to be the most common way that Higgs decays, up until now there has only been evidence that this process exists, not a full observation. Our hope is that with new data that the ATLAS detector has recorded since the last result, we are now able to claim a proper observation. So far I have been working on core software development, and studying the use of multidimensional re-weighting techniques in defining systematic uncertainties. 


Examples of research funding:

Science & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)

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