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Kevin Black

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Kevin Black

I am an assistant professor at Boston University working on the ATLAS experiment. Specifically I focus on searches for exotic physics and studies of the top quark, and I am now working as the coordinator of the muon trigger for ATLAS.

I have been on ATLAS since 2005 when I started as a postdoc at Harvard. I moved to BU as faculty in 2010. Before then I worked on the D0 experiment at FNAL. I joined the LHC in 2005 after finishing my PhD.

I would like to say that particle physics was a lifetime dream - but the reality is that it was as much an accident than anything else. I had worked in an atomic physics lab and was looking for something different to do. When I came to graduate school, I was matched to the person who eventually became my thesis adviser. However, I was always interested in fundamental science rather than applications.

I was born in California and lived there until I was 18 in Sacramento. I have been on the east coast ever since and in Boston for the last 10 years (except for 2.5 in Chicago). For the past year and a half my main other activity has been taking care of my daughter, who was born in September 2010.