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Recipient of the ATLAS Collaboration's 2012 Thesis Award
Reports important measurements allowing Higgs and other particle signals to be corrected for various types of photon background
Nominated as an outstanding contribution by CERN
This thesis reports on the first studies of Standard Model photon production at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) using the ATLAS detector. Standard Model photon production is a large background in the search for Higgs bosons decaying into photon pairs, and is thus critical to understand. The thesis explains the techniques used to reconstruct and identify photon candidates using the ATLAS detector, and describes a measurement of the production cross section for isolated prompt photons. The thesis also describes a search for the Higgs boson in which the analysis techniques used in the measurement are exploited to reduce and estimate non-prompt backgrounds in diphoton events.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Higgs to Gamma Gamma - Higgs to Two Photons - Photon Background Estimates - Prompt Photons at the LHC - The ATLAS Experiment at LHC