Dr. Avto Kharchilava

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Associate Professor, Ph.D. Tbilisi State University (1990)

Office: 339 Fronczak Hall,   (716) 645-6251
Lab: 342 Fronczak Hall,   (716) 645-6294
Email: avto@buffalo.edu
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  Ph.D. -- Tbilisi State University (1990)
Diploma in Physics -- Moscow State University (1978)

Research Interests

  • Research and development of particle detectors
  • Simulation of physics processes and detector response
  • Search for Higgs particle(s)
  • Search for phenomena beyond the Standard Model
  • Precision measurements of particle properties


Prof. Kharchilava's current physics interest is focused on searches for Higgs particle(s) that are predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics and it's supersymmetric (SUSY) extensions. This research is being carried out with the D0 experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron collider where Prof. Kharchilava is involved in many aspects of the detector construction, commissioning, software development, data taking and analysis.

As a member of the CMS Collaboration, Prof. Kharchilava is exploring the physics potential of the experiment at CERN's future Large Hadron Collider. Again, these include Higgs searches, unless it is discovered at the Tevatron, SUSY signatures, b physics and CP violation, and the precision measurements of the top quark properties.

Selected Publications

  1. Search for Doubly-charged Higgs Boson Pair Production in the Decay to mu+mu+mu-mu- in pbarp Collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV, D0 Collaboration (V. M. Abazov et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 141801 (2004).
  2. Discovery potential for supersymmetry in CMS, CMS Collaboration (S. Abdullin et al.), J. Phys. G28, 469 (2002).
  3. Top mass determination in leptonic final states with J/psi, Avto Kharchilava, Phys. Lett. B476, 73 (2000).
  4. Search for the next-to-lightest Neutralino, I. Iashvili and A. Kharchilava, Nucl. Phys. B526, 153 (1998).
  5. Micro Gap Chambers with Self Aligned Geometry, J.M. Brom et al., Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A414, 283 (1998).