Searches for resonances in models of composite dark matter


  • Call:

    IDPASC Portugal - PHD Programme 2017

  • Academic Year:

    2017 / 2018

  • Domains:

    Theoretical Particle Physics | Experimental Particle Physics

  • Supervisor:

    Nuno Castro

  • Co-Supervisor:

    Mikael Chala

  • Institution:

    Universidade do Minho

  • Host Institution:

    LIP and U. Valencia

  • Abstract:

    The Higgs boson, the latest discovered fundamental particle, might be a composite state, made of even tinier pieces (in the same way as the atom is made of electrons, protons and neutrons). In this case such basic components would form other conglomerates. A tantalizing possibility is that some of these could be particles of dark matter, i.e. the unidentified type of matter that forms more than 70% of the galaxies. The goal of this proposal is two folded. Firstly, identify, from the theoretical point of view, the possible properties of these particles (masses, quantum numbers, etc.) depending of the amount of dark matter that they account for. And secondly, study their signals at the ATLAS experiment using Monte Carlo simulations as well as real data. These two goals will allow the student to become an expert on the particle physics both from an experimental and a theoretical point of view.