Past Student Projects & Alumni

+ Where Are They Now?

Note: Click on names for a description of research projects

PhD Students

  • Christian Preuss (ongoing). Christian came to Monash with an MSc in physics from Göttingen University, Germany. His PhD project focuses on parton showers and the modeling of higher-order perturbative QCD corrections in Monte Carlo event generators.
  • Cody Duncan (ongoing). Cody came to Monash with an Hons degree in physics from Oxford University, UK, and an MSc in physics from Edinburgh University, UK. His PhD project focuses on hadronisation and models of interacting QCD strings in Monte Carlo event generators.
  • Dr Nadine Fischer (completed 2017); employed at ARM (Lund, Sweden). Nadine came to Monash with an MSc in physics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. The title of her PhD thesis was "Improved QCD Calculations and Phenomenological Studies at the Large Hadron Collider". Here is a list of the papers she published during her PhD studies.

Honours Students

  • Nicholas Hunt-Smith (2019): "Time-dependent string fragmentation".
  • Ivan Begic (2019): "Radiative Corrections in Decays of New-Physics Particles".
  • Shi Qiu (completed 2016; jointly supervised with Prof C. Balazs): "Uncertainties of the photon flux from dark matter annihilation". Continued with MSc studies at Lund University, Sweden.
  • Andrew Lifson (completed 2015): "Maximally Helicity Violating amplitudes". Continued with MSc studies at ETH Zurich / Paris, then PhD Studies at Lund University, Sweden.

PHS3350 Research Projects

  • Zara Osborn (completed 2019): "Fourier Analysis of Radiation from Short-Lived Heavy Particles" - investigations of the relation between the exponential decay of short-lived particles (resonances), their Breit-Wigner distribution in momentum space, and the effects of finite lifetimes on soft (long-wavelength) radiation, focusing on the top quark. Co-supervised by Dr. H. Brooks.
  • Sophie Li (completed 2018): "Reparametrisation of the Lund symmetric fragmentation function" - a set of highly correlated parameters used in conventional string-based models of hadronisation are transformed to a set of less correlated ones, using numerical methods.
  • Matt Gebert (completed 2016): "Something Strange? A glance into Parton Fragmentation" - a review of the Lund String Model of hadronisation and the Schwinger Model in QCD in light of recent ALICE measurements of strange particle enhancements in high-multiplicity pp collisions at the LHC.
  • Scott Crawshaw (completed 2016): "Detector resolution effects in jet fragmentation studies" - estimating the influence of (improved) detector resolutions on measurements of QCD jet rates at two proposed future ee colliders.
  • Eike Germann (completed 2016): "Possible uncertainty ranges for the underlying event in particle collisions at 100 TeV"

Other Research Projects (eg MCnet Studentships)

  • Leonardo Cristella (PhD-level MCnet studentship at CERN; 2016; jointly supervised by P. Richardson and L. Field): "Volunteer Computing with LHC@home" - including Test4Theory jobs in HTCondor and running intensive workloads with CMS@home.
  • Emma Kuwertz (PhD-level MCnet studentship at CERN; 2014): "Developing a set of jet substructure observables to probe beyond-LL aspects of QCD showers".
  • Jesper Christiansen (PhD-level MCnet studentship at CERN; 2014): "String Formation Beyond Leading Colour".
  • Lisa Hartgring (PhD-level studentship at CERN; 2012): "Antenna Showers with One-Loop Matrix Elements".
  • Nishita Desai (PhD-level MCnet studentship at CERN; 2010): "Supersymmetry and Generic BSM Models in PYTHIA 8".
  • Holger Schulz (PhD-level MCnet studentship at CERN; 2010): "Energy Scaling of Minimum-Bias Tunes".
  • Kenneth Wraight (PhD-level MCnet studentship at CERN; 2010): "Forward-Backward Correlations and Event Shapes as probes of Minimum-Bias Event Properties".