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Data analytics; particle physics; theory of supersymmetry; Large Hadron Collider
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Campus email: Vjain@albany.edu
Vivek Jain is a particle physicist. Utilizing data collected by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, his current research focuses on the fundamental properties of the universe, its constituents — such as electrons and quarks — as well as interactions between them, such as electromagnetic and nuclear forces.
Jain is part of the the UAlbany group with CERN. Supported by U.S. Department of Energy grants, the group has been working on the Higgs as well as supersymmetry, a theory which posits that there are partners to all known fundamental particles.
In such theories, up to five Higgs bosons can exist. If true, there is a strong likelihood an experiment like ATLAS, which generates petabytes of data, will find them. The UAlbany team uses a worldwide grid of computers to conduct the data analysis on this large dataset.