Theses
tamu tamu

Texas A&M University

Toback Research Group

Theses and Defense Talks
Student Presentation Project

Jorge Morales

(Ph.D., October 2019)
(M.S., August 2014)

"Simulation of Dark Matter and Standard Model Interactions in the SuperCDMS Soudan Experiment"
Ph.D.'s Defense Talk (.pdf) & Thesis (.pdf)
"Optimized Dark Matter Search using the SuperCDMS Soudan Data and Monte Carlo Simulations: Plan and Outline"
Preliminary Examination (.pdf) & Thesis outline/proposal
"Improving the Sensitivity of the CDMS Detector to Dark Matter Particles:Understanding and Rejecting Sources of Noise in the Experiment"
Master's Defense Talk (.pdf)
CDMS

Elham Azadbakht

(M.S., July 2019)

"Validating the performance of the Trigger for the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Experiment"
Master's Defense Talk (.pdf)
CDMS

Nate Herbert

(M.S., June 2019)

"Simulating WIMP-Nuclei Collisions in CDMS Detectors"
Master's Defense Talk (.pdf)
CDMS

Joshua Winchell

(M.S., August 2018)

"Searching for Dark Matter: Simulating Interactions in the CDMS Detectors"
Master's Defense Talk (.pdf)
CDMS

Richard Lawrence

(M.S., May 2018)

"The Search for Dark Matter: Next-Generation Simulation Tools for the CDMS Experiment"
Master's Defense Talk (.pdf)
CDMS

James Reed Watson

(B.S., August 2016)

"SuperCDMS - Low Threshold Limits with Run 133 Data"
Slides (.pdf) (March 2018)
"Maximizing Sensitivity for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Low Threshold Analysis"
Undergraduate Thesis (.pdf)
CDMS

Katrina Colletti

(M.S., August 2016)

"Extrapolation Technique Pitfalls in Asymmetry Measurements at Colliders"
- Master's Defense Talk (.pdf)
Collider/Pheno

Ziqing Hong

(Ph.D., Dec 2015)
(M.S., May 2013)

"Measurement of the Forward-Backward Asymmetry of \(t\bar{t}\) at the Fermilab Tevatron "
- Ph.D., Defense Talk (.pdf) & Thesis (.pdf)
-
Thesis Proposal (.pdf) & Preliminary Examination (.pdf)
"Prospects for Measuring the Neutralino Mass and Lifetime in Gauge Mediated SUSY Decays of a Higgs Boson at CDF"
- Masters Defense Talk (.pptx)
Ph.D: Collider/CDF
M.S.: Collider/Pheno

Xuji Zhao

(M.S., August 2015)

"Trigger Algorithms for the SuperCDMS Dark Matter Search"
Master's Defense Talk (.pdf)
CDMS

Randy White

(B.S., May 2015)

"Limit Setting and Optimization For New Particle Production At CDF Using Photon Timing"
Undergraduate Thesis (.pdf)
Collider/CDF

Sean Yeager

(M.S., December 2013)

"Searching for Dark Matter with the CDMS Detector"
Master's Defense Talk (.pdf)
CDMS

Christopher Davis

(B.S., May 2013)

"Efficiency Measurement of Momentum Imbalance Trigger for Supersymmetry Searches at CMS at the LHC"
-Undergraduate Thesis (.pdf) & Bachelor Defense Talk (.pdf)
Collider/CMS

Jonathan Asaadi

(Ph.D., December 2012)

(M.S., December 2007)

"Search for New Physics in the Exclusive Delayed Photon + Missing Transverse Energy Final State at CDF"
- Ph.D., Defense Talk (.pdf) & Thesis (.pdf)
- Preliminary Examination (.pdf)Thesis Proposal (.pdf)
"Supersymmetry, New Physics Prospects & Grid Computing"
- Masters Defense Talk (.ppt)
Collider/CDF

Adam Aurisano

(Ph.D., December 2012)

(M.S., May 2006)

"Search for New Physics in the Exclusive Delayed Photon + Missing Transverse Energy Final State"
- Ph.D., Defense Talk (.pdf) & Thesis (.pdf)
- Preliminary Examination (.pdf) & Dissertation Proposal (.pdf)
- Phys. Rev B649 (2007) 73 & hep-ph/0611089
"Signals in the Co-annihilation Region of Supersymmetry at the LHC"
- Masters Defense Talk (.ppt)
Collider/CDF

Daniel Cruz

(M.S., August 2012)

"Searching for SUSY decays of the Higgs Boson in the Exclusive Photon + Missing Transverse Energy Final State at CDF: Going Forward"
- Masters Defense Talk (.pdf)
Collider/CDF

Vaikunth Thukral

(M.S., August 2011)

"Search for New Physics in the Exclusive Delayed Gamma + MET Final State at CDF"
-Thesis Proposal (.pdf) & Preliminary Examination (.pdf)
"CMS Grid Computing at TAMU: Performance, Monitoring, and Current Status of the Brazos Cluster"
- Masters Defense Talk (.pptx) (.pdf)
Collider/CDF

Michael Mason

(M.S., December 2010)

"The TAMU CMS Tier 3 Site at the Brazos Cluster"
- Masters Defense Talk (.pdf)
Collider/CDF

Eunsin Lee

(Ph.D., May 2010)

(M.S., December 2005)

"Search for Supersymmetry Using Diphoton Events in Proton-Antiproton Collisions at a Center of Mass Energy of 1.96 TeV"
- Ph.D., Defense Talk (.pdf)Thesis (.pdf)
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104 (2010) 011801 & hep-ex/0910.3606
Phys. Rev. D 78 (2008) 032015 & hep-ex/0804.1043
Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 (2007) 121801hep-ex/0704.0760
- Preliminary Examination (.pdf) & Dissertation Proposal (.pdf)
"Searches for Supersymmetry at the Tevatron Collider"
- Masters Defense Talk (.pdf)
Collider/CDF

Paul Geffert

(B.S., April 2008)

Searching for Dark Matter in Particle Physics Experiments"
- Undergraduate Thesis Talk (.ppt) & Undergraduate Thesis (.pdf)
- Phys. Rev. D 78 (2008) 032015 & hep-ex/0804.1043
Collider/CDF

Peter Wagner

(Ph.D., August 2007)

Search for Heavy Long-Lived Particles that Decay to Photons in p-pbar Collisions  at sqrt(s) = 1.96 TeV"
- Ph.D., Defense Talk (.ppt)Thesis (.pdf)
Phys. Rev. D 78 (2008) 032015 & hep-ex/0804.1042
- Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 (2007) 121801 & hep-ex/0704.0760
- Preliminary Examination (.pdf) & Thesis Proposal (.ps)
Collider/CDF

Matt Cervantes

(M.S., August 2006)

"The Standard Model, Supersymmetry, and Zoofinder at CDF"
- Masters Defense Talk (.ppt)
Collider/CDF