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Easwar Narayanan wins Sigma Xi Award

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Easwar Narayanan
Easwar Narayanan

P&A graduate student Easwar Narayanan has been selected for this year's Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award.

Easwar Narayanan is a second-year doctoral student searching for physics beyond the Standard Model in data from the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. The new processes that he seeks may be revealed in small differences between predictions and observations of decays of B-mesons (bound states that include b-quarks). His particular topic is called CP-violation. To carry out this study, Easwar works on algorithms for triggering the detector, strategies for measuring the lifetimes of very short-lived particles, and predictions and recommendations for the operating characteristics of the detector in the future.

There will be a Virtual Awards Ceremony via Zoom on Monday, May 17 at 5 pm.

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