Current PhD Thesis Fellows

swilliamson.jpgSophie Williamson

I grew up just outside of London in sunny England, and moved to Brighton to do my degree. In 2016, I obtained my integrated Master in Physics with a Research Placement from the University of Sussex. Although reluctant to leave such a wonderful place, I was fortunate enough to obtain funding from the Institut Lagrange de Paris to continue my academic endeavours, and in October 2016 I started my PhD at the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Hautes Energies based within the University of Pierre and Marie Curie. I am working under the supervision of Karim Benakli and Pietro Slavich in the Particle Physics and Cosmology group.

I am particularly interested in beyond the standard model (BSM) physics, my passion for which was captured by a placement I undertook on extra dimensions during my first year of undergraduate studies, and continued through to my master’s thesis looking at stabilising warped extra dimensions using scalar fields.

Now engrossed in a different area of BSM physics, my current thesis project looks at N=2 Supersymmetry and Grand Unified Theories. I am interested in seeing the manifestation of N=2 to N=1 SUSY breaking in non-minimal SUSY theories with Dirac gauginos, by looking at the running of the couplings between the GUT energy scale and the SUSY scale.

Contact: swilliamson[at]