List of previous students

Nicola Orlando
Faten Hariri
Emma Kuwertz
Spyridon Argyropoulo
Sabrina Sacerdoti
Simone Amoroso
Jesper Roy Christiansen
Nathan Hartland
Christian Roehr
Benjamin Watt
Philip Ilten
Nishita Desai
Sercan Sen
Miroslav Myska
Sudha Ahuja
Holger Schulz
Avi Gershan
Aleksander Kusina
Magdalena Slawinska
Flavia Dias
Kenneth Wraight
Irais Bautista Guzman
Sparsh Navin
Paolo Francavilla
Riccardo Di Sipio
Seyi Latunde-Dada
Devdatta Majumder
Martijn Gosselink
Christopher Bignamini
Marek Schönherr
Michal Deak
Noam Hod
Florian Bechtel
Jonathan Ferland
Manuel Bähr
Alexander Flossdorf
Piergiulio Lenzi

Nicola Orlando is a PhD student from Lecce / INFN, on an MCnet studentship with the UCL team.

One of the main open questions about the newly discovered Higgs boson is to determine if it decays to b-quarks at the expected rate, or if there is some deviation which would hint at new physics. Although the H->bb branching fraction is around 56%, this channel as never been observed, due to experimental challenges in measuring b-jets, and significant and complex backgrounds covering the signal. One of these main backgrounds is associated Z+bb production, with the b-quarks produced by QCD processes. Predictions for this procss come with significant theoretical uncertainties, and as part of his PhD Nicola had worked on the latest measurement of Z+bb, lead by UCL. During the studentship, he began to tune theoretical predictions to the data, to improve the modelling of this important process.