William Balunas

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William Balunas

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

I'm an experimental particle physicist and a member of the ATLAS Collaboration, which uses high-energy proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider to try to understand the fundamental nature of the Universe. My research currently focuses on using the Higgs boson (discovered fairly recently in 2012) as a tool to look for new particles and interactions outside the Standard Model of physics. For example, searches for particles which interact only with the Higgs weren't possible until the last few years.

Specific projects I've worked on recently include searches for decays of the Higgs into "invisible" particles such as Dark Matter candidates (which has obvious connections with astrophysics/cosmology) and di-Higgs production, which is especially sensitive to the Higgs self-interaction as well as new particles that could be produced directly.