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Dr Mikael Chala
University of Durham
My main research interest is the physics of elementary particles. I am particularly interested on the physics of the Higgs boson. This exotic particle is the last discovered fundamental particle which is not part of ordinary matter. Its discovery in 2014 drew worldwide attention, but we still know little about its properties. In fact, it could be composed of even tinier pieces. Were this the case, the latter would presumably form other structures (in the same way that protons and electrons build not only hydrogen but also helium or carbon). One exciting possibility is that one such new compound is dark matter, i.e. an unidentified type of matter that is known to comprise more than 25% of the mass of galaxies. My current aim is shedding light on this hypothesis and, hence, on one of the biggest mysteries of our Universe.
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