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tova holmes
Tova Holmes
Assistant Professor

Experimental High Energy Particle Physics
Office: 504 Nielsen Physics Building
Phone: 865-974-7820

Brief Vita
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Assistant Professor (2020-)
  • Enrico Fermi Institute, U. of Chicago, Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2020)

  • PhD Physics, University of California, Berkeley (2016)
  • MA Physics, University of California, Berkeley (2013)
  • BA Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics, Harvard University (2011)

Selected Honors
  • Robert R. McCormick Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Chicago (2017-2019)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011-2016)
  • Harvard College Research Fellowship (2009-2010)

Research Areas

I’m an experimental particle physicist searching for new phenomena beyond the Standard Model. My work is centered at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, where I worked first with the ATLAS Experiment, and now with the CMS Experiment. I work collaboratively with thousands of physicists around the globe to build and operate massive particle detectors, and lead smaller teams to use their data to search for new particles.

My expertise is in searching for Supersymmetry, and in particular, scenarios in which particles acquire macroscopic lifetimes, producing exotic signatures which would evade standard search methods. I also work in hardware-based pattern recognition, focusing on tracking particles at high enough rates to use this information in real time analysis.

Selected Publications
  1. The ATLAS Collaboration. Search for new phenomena using the invariant mass distribution of same-flavour opposite-sign dilepton pairs in events with missing transverse momentum in √s = 13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector, Eur. Phys. J. C 78 no. 8, 625 (2018)
  2. The ATLAS Collaboration. Performance of the ATLAS track reconstruction algorithms in dense environments in LHC Run 2 Eur. Phys. J. C 77, 673 (2017)
  3. The ATLAS Collaboration. Search for new phenomena in events containing a same-flavour opposite-sign dilepton pair, jets, and large missing transverse momentum in √s = 13 pp collisions with the ATLAS detector, Eur. Phys. J. C 77 no. 3, 144 (2017)
  4. E. Berger et al. The Spectroscopic Classification and Explosion Properties of SN 2009nz 2011 Associated with GRB 091127 at z = 0.490, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 743, Issue 2, article id. 204 (2011)

Author on 637 peer-reviewed ATLAS publications (as of 10 August 2020 )



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