Professor V J Martin
My research involves studying the properties of the recently discovered Higgs boson. Many outstanding questions about the Higgs boson remain, in particular about its couplings to the Standard Model fermions: the quarks and the leptons.
At the ATLAS experiment at the LHC I am searching for evidence that the Higgs boson decays into bottom quarks. An observation of the Higgs boson decaying into bottom quarks would provide strong evidence that the Higgs boson is well described in the Standard Model.
Precision measurements of the Higgs boson couplings to the top, bottom and charm quarks will require new electron-positron colliders. I am working with the ILC and CLIC collaborations in order to understand the potential of these proposed colliders to measure the properties of the Higgs boson.
2015/16 - On sabbatical at CERN
In previous years, my main teaching activities were:
- Course organiser and lecturer on the Particle Physics course for 4th and 5th year students
- Organiser of the MPhys Project and MPhys Project Presentation courses for 5th year students
- Personal Tutor
- MPhys & MSc project supervisor: Higgs physics at CLIC
- Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC DOI, Physics Letters B, B716, 1, p. p1-29
- Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson and decaying to a b-quark pair with the ATLAS detector DOI, Physics Letters B, B718, 2, p. 369-390