Born in Madrid, he studied Theoretical Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He spent many years at DESY in Hamburg (Germany) studying deeply inelastic electron-proton scattering in the ZEUS experiment, where he obtained his PhD and then worked as DESY researcher. In 2001, he moved to USA to work in Fermilab. He participated in the CDF experiment at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider, with emphasis on searches for new physics. In 2007 he moved back to Europe and started working also in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, initiating operations in 2009. Since then he was acting as project leader of the IFAE-Barcelona group in ATLAS. In 2015 he was appointed Head of IFAE Experimental Division, Scientific Manager of the Spanish High Energy Physics, and Scientific Delegate in CERN's Council. Starting in 2018, he initiated a new activity related to Gravitational Waves Physics with the LIGO-Virgo interferometers.
I originally focused on QCD studies and searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model (Higgs boson, supersymmetry, dark matter, extra-dimensions, WIMPs, etc) at particle physics collider experiments in Europe and USA. This translates into hundreds of publications, tens of conference talks, and 13 PhD theses that I supervised to date. Since 2009, I focused on the LHC physics program at CERN. In 2012 the LHC experiments (ATLAS and CMS) discovered the Higgs boson. The LHC resumed operations in 2015 with a center-of-mass energy increased from 7-8 TeV to 13 TeV. In the period 2009-2015, I led a group of almost 30 scientists from IFAE-Barcelona that analyzes the data from the ATLAS experiment. In 2015 I took responsibilities as Head of IFAE Experimental Division, Scientific Manager of the Spanish High Energy Physics Program (until 2018), and Scientific Delegate to CERN Council (until 2018). Recently, I have started at IFAE a new involvement in Gravitational Wave Physics in the Virgo interferometer with emphasis on those aspects related to fundamental physics and cosmology. I am currently deeply involved in both ATLAS and LIGO-Virgo activities, searching for the nature of the dark matter in the cosmos.
– Cirone A et al. 2019, “Investigation of magnetic noise in Advanced Virgo”, Class. Quant. Grav. 36, no.22, 225004
– ATLAS Collaboration 2019,”Combination of searches for invisible Higgs boson decays with the ATLAS experiment“, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122,231801
– ATLAS Collaboration 2019,”Constraints on mediator-based dark matter and scalar dark energy models using √s=13 TeV pp collision data collected by the ATLAS detector“, JHEP 05 142
– ATLAS Collaboration 2019,”Measurement of VH, H→b¯b production as a function of the vector-boson transverse momentum in 13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector“, JHEP 05,141
Selected research activities
- Member of CMS Phase 2 Upgrade Group at CERN.
- Head of IFAE Experimental Division.
- PI of Gravitational Waves group at IFAE.
- Member of the Virgo Steering Committee.
- Member of the Steering Committee for the Einstein Telescope Project.
- Member of the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Committee for Climate Change.
- Five PhD students under my direct supervision in ATLAS and Virgo experiments.
- One Master Thesis concluded in 2019 and three additional ones under my supersivison.
- Lecturer in the CERN High-School Students Internship Programme in 2019.
- Reviewer for Physical Review and JHEP Journals.
- Several Talks in Conferences and Workshops.