Rare phenomena involving top quarks

The recent evidence for processes involving four top quarks at the Large Hadron Collider provided by the ATLAS experiment is a spectacular result. Not only is the reconstruction of the busy final state challenging, also the process is expected to occur extremely rarely. What I find particularly exciting is that the observed cross-section is measured slightly higher than the prediction from the Standard Model.

Searches for top-philic resonances provide an interesting and timely opportunity to further explore the four-top-quark final state.

Dark matter searches with ATLAS

I worked on a search for dark matter particles produced together with a hadronically decaying W/Z boson with the ATLAS detector. The hadronic decay of the vector boson is reconstructed as a dijet system (low boost) or as a single large-radius jet with requirements on jet substructure (high boost).

Recently I looked into the search for dark matter particles with a Higgs boson decaying into two b-quarks, a search which features two novel analysis techniques: VR track jets and missing transverse momentum significance.

For a summary paper of ATLAS searches for mediator-based dark matter and scalar dark energy models I served as co-liason for the mono-V analysis team. I derived constraints on vector- and axial-vector mediator based simplified dark matter models and a 2HDM + pseudoscalar model.

Peer-reviewed publications


  • ATLAS-CONF-2018-039 – 25 July 2018: Search for Dark Matter Produced in Association with a Higgs Boson decaying to bb at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector using 79.8 fb-1 of proton-proton collision data

Analysis preservation and reinterpretation

Analysis preservation and reproducible workflows are crucial for open science. ATLAS offers RECAST, a tool to interpret existing analyses with new physics models. I am working on integrating analyses into RECAST and using it to constrain new physics models. One successful demonstration of RECAST is the reinterpretation of a search for dark matter produced in association with a Higgs boson decaying to b-quarks in terms of a dark Higgs model. From a technical perspective, this is also interesting, as it allows to work with continuous integration for regular tests of the code, docker containers for preservation and using cloud computing resources to run the analysis code for new models.


  • ATL-PHYS-PUB-2019-032 – 11 August 2019: RECAST framework reinterpretation of an ATLAS Dark Matter Search constraining a model of a dark Higgs boson decaying to two b-quarks

ATLAS Muon Trigger Upgrade

I also took an interest in the MDT trigger development for the first-level muon trigger of the ATLAS experiment at the High-Luminosity LHC. As part of my master thesis at MPI/TUM I studied fast track reconstruction algorithms and did a trigger rate estimate comparing different trigger strategies.