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The Road to Discovery

Detector Alignment, Electron Identification, Particle Misidentification, WW Physics, and the Discovery of the Higgs Boson


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. John Alison
    Pages 11-14
  3. John Alison
    Pages 15-23
  4. John Alison
    Pages 25-35
  5. John Alison
    Pages 37-62
  6. John Alison
    Pages 63-100
  7. John Alison
    Pages 101-127
  8. John Alison
    Pages 129-149
  9. John Alison
    Pages 151-209
  10. John Alison
    Pages 211-227
  11. John Alison
    Pages 229-270
  12. John Alison
    Pages 271-285
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 287-302

About this book


The research presented here includes important contributions on the commissioning of the ATLAS experiment and the discovery of the Higgs boson. The thesis describes essential work on the alignment of the inner tracker during the commissioning of the experiment and development of the electron identification algorithm. The subsequent analysis focuses on the search for the Higgs boson in the WW channel, including the development of a method to model the critical W+jet background. In addition, the thesis provides excellent introductions, suitable for non-specialists, to Higgs physics, to the LHC, and to the ATLAS experiment.


Discovery of Higgs Boson Electron Identification ATLAS Fake Estimate ATLAS Fake Factor Method ATLAS Fake Leptons ATLAS Higgs Discovery ATLAS Hww ATLAS Inner Detector alignment ATLAS TRT ATLAS TRT Alignment

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Enrico Fermi InstituteUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

About the authors

John Alison received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.
As a graduate student his primary focus was searching for and studying the Higgs Boson in the WW-channel.
He is now a Fermi/McCormick fellow at the University of Chicago.
He is currently working on an upgrade to the ATLAS trigger system, (FastTracKer), which is an electronics system that rapidly finds and reconstructs charged particles in the inner tracker.
John's research interests include developing tools and algorithms used in the trigger and using the Higgs to probe for new physics.

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