LPC Distinguished Researcher


Alexander Schmidt


University of Hamburg

What I will be working on:

My research group is searching for specific scenarios of physics beyond the Standard Model such as Vector-Like quarks and heavy resonances (Z', W'). Most of the signatures of these models involve high-pt objects, for example boosted top quarks and boosted Higgs bosons which are reconstructed with dedicated analysis methods. During 2016 we searched for these signatures in the new LHC data, which we will continue in 2017. We expect to achieve substantially improved sensitivity with the large Run II dataset delivered in 2017. Many CMS members at LPC are working on these analyses, so my presence at Fermilab will enhance the connection between LPC and the B2G group of CMS. In addition I plan to contribute to the Phase II upgrade TDR to be submitted in 2017. A sensitivity study will be made on the search for the Higgs boson decaying to charm quarks.

My role in CMS past and present:

A large fraction of my work in CMS was dedicated to the development and commissioning of b-tagging algorithms. I led the CMS b-tagging group in 2013 and 2014 and was convener of the "Beyond 2 Generations" (B2G) PAG in 2015 and 2016.