Sarah Demers Konezny
Title of YYGS ASE Lecture: “Understanding the Higgs Boson with CERN’s Large Hadron Collider”
An exciting recent measurement, the discovery of the Higgs Boson, resulted in the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for the physicists who developed the theory. Several professors, postdocs and students from the Yale Physics Department are members of the team of a few thousand researchers who discovered the Higgs and who are working to understand it. In this talk I’ll introduce the standard model of particle physics, describe what the Higgs Boson is and discuss where we stand in particle physics now that we have it.
Sarah Demers is the Horace D. Taft Associate Professor of Physics at Yale University. She works on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, where she is particularly interested in using the signature of one of the standard model particles, the tau lepton, as a probe for new physics. She led one of the analysis groups studying a Higgs Boson decay channel during CERN’s Run1, she works on the trigger and data quality for the ATLAS experiment, and she is a member of the Mu2e Collaboration at Fermilab. Among other distinctions, she has been awarded a U.S. ATLAS Fellowship and a Department of Energy Early Career Award. She holds an AB from Harvard University and a PhD from the University of Rochester. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Stanford’s Linear Accelerator Center before joining the Yale faculty in 2009.