Dr. James Beacham
Duke University group
CH-1211 Genève 23
j dot beacham at cern dot ch
jbbeacham at protonmail dot com
I'm a post-doctoral researcher with the ATLAS group of Duke University, and I'm based full-time at CERN.
Previously I was a post-doctoral researcher with the ATLAS group at The Ohio State University,
I do experimental high energy particle physics. I work on an experiment at the LHC, ATLAS, and previously worked on an experiment at Jefferson Lab, APEX.
My research focuses on finding explanations for some of the key unsolved mysteries of the universe, like determining what dark matter is, whether the Higgs boson is standard or not-so-standard, why gravity is so weak compared to the other forces of nature, and whether there are hidden, dark sector forces that we've yet to uncover in collider experiments.
My current focus is the ATLAS Experiment, one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at CERN, looking for new particles and phenomena, including dark force carriers, dark QCD, gravitons, exotic decays of the Higgs boson, rare Z boson decays, and other beyond-the-Standard Model scenarios. A large part of my research involves photons and the extremely efficient way in which they allow us to hone in on possible new particles, and the other large part focuses on long-lived particle searches and the unique and unconventional methods we need to use to ensure that the ATLAS detector is sensitive to these signatures.
A list of (most of) my public ATLAS talks and posters can be found on my CV.
APEXAPEX, an experiment at Jefferson Lab that searches for a new vector boson (sometimes called an A' or dark photon) with weak coupling to electrons and with a mass < 1 GeV, and which could provide a gateway to understanding the nature and origin of dark matter. Some APEX talks I've given and posters I've presented are here.
Prior to that, I worked on analyzing data collected by the ALEPH experiment, at LEP. More information about my ALEPH work is here.
Outreach / Public Appearances
Every curious human is secretly a particle physicist. I very much enjoy talking about physics with non-specialists. See the Outreach page for a complete list of stuff.
I did my PhD at New York University, with Kyle Cranmer as my advisor, and before that I attended UC Santa Cruz, where I completed a double major in physics and math. I trained as a filmmaker before then training as a physicist, with a completely separate prior bachelor's degree in film studies.
Other pertinent info: My middle name is Baker, and I don't use F@ceb00k, L1nkedIn, V1meo, etc.