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And the ATLAS Thesis Award 2011 goes to Christian Ohm!

Christian Ohm in the control rum at Cern during the LHC startup
Only five of the about 100 PhD students who graduated in 2011 received the ATLAS Thesis Award 2011, and we are very proud to know that Christian Ohm, PhD student at the Oskar Klein Centre is one of them. The other winners are Michael Hance, David Lopez Mateos, David Miller and Verena Martinez Outschoorn.
“It is very exciting!” tells me a radiant Christian when he joins me in my office “if you think that the other four are all Americans, and I am the only European! And they come from places like Harvard, Caltech and Berkeley!”
The five winners were selected by the CB Chair Advisory Committee, which acted as the Thesis Awards Committee, from a selection of 21 nominations received.

My thesis centers around two searches for beyond Standard Model (SM) physics but contains published work of technical nature as well. The two physics analyses I contributed to are both a signature-driven searches for new physics giving rise to so-far unobserved massive long-lived particles. The ATLAS experiment was built primarily to directly detect SM particles, and most searches for new physics rely on the assumption that new states produced in the pp collisions will decay promptly and leave SM particles detectable in the final state. Many extensions of the SM feature new particles with decay lengths on the scale of modern collider experiments, and these two analyses instead search for new physics based on direct detection. Christian explains.
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