Abram Krislock is a postdoc at the Oskar Klein Centre. He started working with Joakim Edsjö on Dark Matter just a couple of months ago. Let’s hear from him how things are going for him.
Hi Abram! how it’s going so far?
So far, everything is going great. I really like the office, and the other professors and researchers here are all very friendly and helpful. Living in Stockholm has so far been extremely fulfulling. I really like it here.
What brought you to Europe for a postdoc?
Before coming to the OKC, I had my undergrad studies in my hometown at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I did my PhD in Physics at Texas A&M University. I came to Europe for a postdoc partly because the competition for physics postdocs is very tough, partly because the US seems to be cutting a lot of funding for science in general. Also, it seems like physics beyond the Standard Model is getting a little more attention in Europe than in the states. It benefits my career to be in a place where many people are interested in my area of research.
What is your field of research?
My research interest has, so far, been focused on finding Dark Matter at the Large Hadron Collider. I have mainly worked with Supersymmetry models where the lightest neutralino is the dark matter candidate. In my research, I have shown that, in principle, it is possible to pin down a model at the LHC. In this way, the Dark Matter relic density of the universe can be inferred from the results of LHC experiments. Such a result would be a valuable cross-check on experiments which cosmologically determine the Dark Matter relic density, such as the WMAP experiment. As a byproduct of this research, I have come up with various measurement techniques which are useful for measurements of any new physics beyond the Standard Model which may be found at the LHC.
What do you find unique for your field of research about the Oskar Klein Centre?
What I find wonderful about the OKC is the wide variety of research that goes on here. Here at the OKC, many physicists are working on many different aspects of physics beyind the Standard Model. I find that this would be a wonderful place for me to diversify my research interests. Also, it is wonderful to be working with the creators of DarkSUSY, a program I have used many times in my research.