Dr. Radja Boughezal is a theoretical particle physicist at the High Energy Physics Division of Argonne National Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. in physics from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany, and a master’s degree in theoretical physics from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. She joined Argonne as a staff scientist in 2010 after working as a postdoctoral researcher in Germany and Switzerland.
Dr. Radja Boughezal’s research focuses on the ultra-precise understanding of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong force. She applies her QCD investigations to model the high-energy interactions occurring at experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.
Her recent work focuses on understanding the properties of the recently discovered Higgs boson, the particle that is believed to give mass to all elementary particles in nature. There is great hope in the particle physics community that the Higgs boson will open a portal onto a new theory of nature at the highest energies. Radja’s calculations are needed in order to predict the properties of the Higgs boson at the percent level, and determine whether they indeed describe what is measured in experiment. If they deviate from data, this could be a hint of the existence of new particles that may explain some of the open questions about our universe such as the mysterious dark matter present in galaxies.