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Prof Jonathan Butterworth
E14
Physics Building
UCL, Gower St
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Role
Head of Department
 
 
Biography

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.

There is more information, including outreach activities and my Guardian Science Blog, linked from my home page.
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Research Summary

Until 2004 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 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).

Teaching Summary

I have taught the MSci Particle Physics course, and the first year Mathematical Methods II course. I have supervised numerous PhD and MSci students.

Appointments
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
Academic Background
1992 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1989 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
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