DescriptionThe discovery of a Higgs-like particle, announced in June 2012 by CERN, was a defining moment in the field of high energy physics. The excitement of this finding was felt world-wide and is a breakthrough in our understanding of the Universe at a fundamental level. Saying therefore that we now live in a post-Higgs era in high energy physics is no exaggeration. This breakthrough by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is just a first step towards testing much extensive theories such as supersymmetry and grand unification. Computing tools played an important role in the discovery of the Higgs and the need for these tools to explore ideas beyond the Standard Model is ever increasing. Resources like XSEDE therefore provide an opportunity to use cutting edge computing tools in order to explore novel ideas in high energy physics. Our startup allocation of 150,000 SU's resulted in four peer reviewed publications. With the second allocation of 3 million SUs our group managed to complete 10 articles out of which 7 have been published in peer reviewed journals and three are in process. The data for two other projects have been collected. These projects resulted from the consumption of only 32% of the total SUs that were allocated. Our consumption of the SUs was much less than anticipated since we have improved the computing techniques we use in our projects. We are therefore requesting an extension of our current SUs since a surplus of SUs is always useful for us to pursue projects even if the SU requirement is high.
OrganizationUniversity of Delaware
DepartmentPhysics and astronomy
Sponsor Campus GridOSG-XSEDE
Principal Investigator
Qaisar Shafi
Field Of SciencePhysics and astronomy