Thomas Ferguson-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Thomas Ferguson

Professor, Physics

Office: Wean Hall 7402
Phone: 412-268-2744
Fax: 412-681-0648

Education

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

Research

Research interests are in experimental high-energy particle physics and, in particular, the use of electron-positron and proton-proton colliding beam accelerators. Our group is a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, which constructed a massive detector for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is a 14 TeV proton-proton colliding beam accelerator, which has been constructed at the European accelerator center, CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. To find out more, visit the CMS web page at: http://cms.cern.ch/and CERN's web page at: http://public.web.cern.ch/public/ 

The Carnegie Mellon high-energy physics group designed and built 200,000 channels of front-end electronics for the CMS forward muon cathode-strip chambers. You can find out more about these electronics at our web site: http://www-hep.phys.cmu.edu/cms/ 

Since beginning in 2010 and running until the spring of 2013, the LHC has reached 8 TeV in its center-of-mass energy and is already close to its design intensity.  Based on this data sample, the CMS experiment has published over 300 papers on a huge range of physics topics.  The best-known result is the discovery of the Standard Model Higgs boson in 2012 by the CMS and ATLAS experiments.

The LHC will start up again in 2015 at its full center-of-mass energy.
Running at this higher energy will greatly increase our sensitivity for discovering new physics beyond the Standard Model.  In particular, we will search for new families of particles, such as supersymmetric particles, predicted by many theories.

Selected Publications