LPC Distinguished Researcher


Ben Kreis


Fermi National Laboratory

What I will be working on:

My research centers around the search for physics beyond the standard model using collision events with a Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson. I use this channel to search for anomalous Higgs couplings. Due to the off shell nature of the intermediate vector boson, the effects of anomalous couplings are enhanced in this channel. In 2017, I plan to use this channel to search for Higgs decays to exotic, long-lived particles. I also work on upgrades to the Level-1 trigger using high performance FPGAs.

My role in CMS past and present:

My interest in searches for processes with decays to bottom quarks began when working on the commissioning, calibration, and operation of the pixel detector. Thanks to the pixel detector's precise position resolution, bottom quarks can be identified by reconstructing their decays inside jets. I first searched for supersymmetry models decaying to bottom quarks. Now, I am using Higgs boson decays to bottom quarks to test the standard model. My interest in FPGAs is more recent. These devices have become very powerful in recent years and have many exciting applications in particle physics.