Michael Nelson

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Michael Nelson

Graduate Student

I am a third-year Particle Physics D.Phil. student and member of the Oxford ATLAS experiment group. Prior to joining ATLAS, I worked on the NA62 experiment at CERN and the University of Liverpool. I received my BA and MSci degrees from the University of Cambridge.

I am a graduate teaching assistant for the 4th year Oxford MPhys course in Particle Physics (Option C4).

I have tutored the third-year Subatomic Physics course to students at St. Hilda's College, and I am currently teaching the third-year Symmetries and Relativity course at St. Hilda's College and Subatomic Physics at Exeter College.

My primary analysis focuses on the search for supersymmetric particles using the new 13 TeV Run-2 LHC data. Specifically, I am interested in devising ways of detecting the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP), which is currently one of the primary candidates for dark matter. More broadly, I am interested in all searches for supersymmetry conducted by studying multi-jet final states in the ATLAS experiment.

I am also interested in the study of the quantum properties and performance of jets - complex hadronic composite structures which often arise from the hadronization of quarks produced in particle physics experiments - in the ATLAS experiment. The study of jets has wide application in searches for supersymmetry and I am interested in the development of algorithms which can isolate and analyse individual jets and their substructures, when produced in proton-proton collisions at the LHC. I am also active in developments of jet calibration, jet reclustering, jet grooming, and jet mass resolution studies in ATLAS Run 2 and for the upgrade.