Mike Hance

2018 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor
Institute for Particle Physics (UCSC)

Project Title: Searching for New Particles and Symmetries at the Large Hadron Collider

Project Description: Hance is an experimental high-energy particle physicist working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, located at CERN in Switzerland.  The massive data sample that his team is currently collecting offers an unprecedented opportunity to search for new particles and forces.  These new phenomena could explain some of the biggest mysteries in physics, such as the nature of dark matter, and test how the Higgs boson gives mass to fundamental particles.  His current work focuses on searches for signs of Supersymmetry, a theory of physics that extends our Standard Model of particle interactions in a way that can explain both dark matter and the nature of the Higgs boson.  To do this, Hance’s team will analyze large data samples to select interesting particle collisions, and build models of signal and background processes that may explain the event rates they observe.  Hance’s team have just begun to test some of the most interesting and “natural” versions of Supersymmetry at the LHC, and their growing data sample continues to open up new opportunities for discovery.

Some recent highlights from this work are provided below: