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Victoria Martin


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Higgs physics at the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider
Higgs physics studies for future colliders

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Research Interests

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

External positions

Chair, Project Peer Review Panel, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

1 Jan 201631 Dec 2017

Co-chair, The Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland

31 Jan 201531 Dec 2016


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