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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


Fundamental laws of nature and fundamental particles broadly define the area of active research of OB. More specifically, he is searching for Dark Matter that comprises 85% of the matter in our universe, and for any anomalies associated with the most recently discovered fundamental particle that truly is at the centre of the Standard Model - the Higgs boson. He is particular interested in exploring exotic signatures that could not be covered efficiently in the past, for example involving decays of long-lived neutral particles. In 2018-20, OB co-lead the Common Dark Matter group that coordinates searches for Dark Matter within the ATLAS experiment, and represents ATLAS in the LHC Dark Matter Working Group.

Experimentally, the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN is the focal point of Oleg Brandt's research. Another passion of Oleg Brandt are particle detectors (and their operation), the key to study fundamental particles and their interactions, and to push the borders of the unknown at future colliders. OB co-proposed ANUBIS, an extension detector for ATLAS (or CMS) to search for Dark Sector particles, and leads the ANUBIS efforts at the Cavendish HEP group.

More specifically:

  • Searches for New Physics: Dark Matter, anomalous Higgs boson couplings, signatures with long-lived particles, flavour universality violation, electroweakly produced supersymmetry.
  • Precision measurements: fundamental parameters and symmetries in the Standard Model, e.g.: top quark mass, Higgs boson properties.
  • Detectors: detector development, commissioning, and operation; reconstruction algorithms (jets, jet substructure, track-assisted jets, muons, tracks).
University Lecturer
Dr Oleg  Brandt

Contact Details

Room 950 (Rutherford Bldg)
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue
+44 (0)1223 337242


Person keywords: 
Quantum Devices and Measurements
High Energy Physics
Muon Physics
Data Analysis
Event Reconstruction
Dark Matter
Deep Learning
Muon Tomography
Higgs Sector
Detector design and development
Medical Physics
Big picture
top quarks
Long-lived particles