The experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN will soon put to the test many theoretical ideas in the field of particle physics. The current model describing the fundamental building blocks of matter has been extremely successful in many of its predictions but cannot be considered final since it does not include gravity and it fails to describe e.g. dark matter. The time is ripe for an intense theoretical activity aimed at taking advantage of the upcoming experimental results and to use them to build and test models of physics beyond the current theory. This project is a step in that direction and I will start by concentrating on so called supersymmetric models but without closing the door to any other idea if convincing evidence arose. Specifically I will concentrate on: 1) The origin of supersymmetry breaking, 2) Supersymmetric model building and experimental signatures, 3) Non-perturbative physics. Model building is guided firstly by symmetry principles and the need for internal consistency. Secondly, by checking that the model satisfies the already established experimental bounds. Finally, by proceeding to compute the new predictions from the model and comparing them to the data. This project represents an ongoing shift in my research interests towards more phenomenological areas of particle physics. Funding is crucial to allow our Institute to expand in these new areas.
Professor at Fundamental Physics
Funding years 2012–2014