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- Professor of Physics
- Dept of Physics & Astronomy
- Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
I grew up in Manchester, (Wright Robinson High School and Shena Simon 6th form college), then went to Oxford, getting a BA in physics in 1989 and a DPhil in particle physics in 1992. Then I moved to DESY, Hamburg, to work for Pennsylvania State University. I joined UCL in 1995.
Until 2005 I worked on ZEUS experiment at the HERA electron proton collider at DESY in Hamburg. I made first measurements of hadronic jet photoproduction. I was physics chair of the experiment in 2003-2004. I led efforts to translate HERA data to have an impact at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), including writing the widely used "JIMMY" programme to simulate multiparton interactions.
I now work on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. I led a UCL group which contributed to the tracking, trigger and software. My own work has focussed on physics processes at the LHC which will help us discover more about electroweak symmetry breaking, or basically "why some things have mass". This included searching for the infamous standard model Higgs boson, discovered in July 2012. I wrote some of the first papers on using the substructure of hadronic
jets to identify the decays of boosted, massive particles - including
the Higgs. I was convener of the ATLAS Monte Carlo group (2007-2009) and of the ATLAS Standard Model group (2010-2012).
I have taught the MSci Particle Physics course, and the first year Mathematical Methods II course. I have supervised numerous PhD and MSci students.
|01-SEP-2011 – 31-AUG-2016||Head of Department||Physics & Astronomy||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-SEP-2008 – 31-AUG-2011||Vice Dean (Research)||Mathematical & Physics Sciences||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-SEP-2005||Professor of Physics||Physics & Astronomy||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-SEP-2004 – 31-AUG-2008||Head of High Energy Physics||Physics & Astronomy||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-SEP-2002 – 31-AUG-2005||Reader in Physics||Physics & Astronomy||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-DEC-1995 – 31-AUG-2002||Lecturer||Physics & Astronomy||UCL, United Kingdom|
|10-DEC-1992 – 30-NOV-1995||Postdoctoral Research Associate||Physics||Penn State University, United States|
|1992||DPhil||Doctor of Philosophy – High-Energy Physics||University of Oxford|
|1989||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Physics||University of Oxford|