Aurelio Juste

Aurelio Juste

Institut de Física d'Altes Energies

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Born in 1970 in Terrassa (Barcelona). Graduated in physics in 1993 at the Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Obtained PhD in experimental particle physics in 1998 at the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE) at the UAB, studying electron-positron collisions in the ALEPH experiment at the LEP Collider at CERN. Moved to Chicago (USA) in 1998, to study proton-antiproton collisions at the energy frontier in the D0 experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider, first as a Research Associate (1998-2002), then as a Wilson Fellow (tenure-track position, 2002-2006) and eventually as staff scientist (2006-2009). At D0 held a number of leadership positions in physics (convener of Top and Higgs groups), algorithms (convener of Jet Energy Scale and Jet Energy Resolution groups) and upper management (physics coordinator). Since November 2009, ICREA Research Professor at IFAE, studying proton-proton collisions with the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Research interests

My research is focused on accelerator-based experimental particle physics, aiming at achieving an understanding on how Nature operates at the most fundamental level. At the LHC I am carrying out studies on the heaviest known elementary particle, the top quark, as well as on the recently-discovered Higgs boson, seeking connections in the dynamics that govern both particles. I am also searching for beyond the Standard Model (SM) physics, such as supersymmetric partners of SM particles, exotic heavy quarks appearing in composite Higgs models or models with extra spatial dimensions, and additional Higgs bosons revealing an extended Higgs sector. Since 2016, I lead a team of over 20 scientists from IFAE-Barcelona that analyzes the data from the ATLAS experiment. Since October 2020, I am convener of the ATLAS Exotics group, leading a team of about 600 scientists.

Selected research activities

* Principal investigator of the ATLAS group at IFAE (21 members).

* Convener of the Exotics working group of the ATLAS experiment (~600 members; Oct 2020-Sep 2022).

* Member of the ATLAS Speakers Committee (Oct 2017-Sep 2020; Chair: Oct 2019-Mar 2020).

* Referee for the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI).

* Supervisor of one Master thesis (completed).

* Supervisor of five PhD theses and two Master theses (all ongoing).

* Lectures on Standard Model phenomenology at the IFAE/UAB Master.

* Seminar at the UC-UIMP Master, IFCA, Santander, May 8, 2020.

* Several outreach talks to undergraduate students and the general public.

* Chair of the workshop “Precision for BSM”, Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Benasque, Spain, Sep 27-Oct 3, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).

* Editor of Advances in High Energy Physics and Journal of Particle Physics.