Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Physics

Mellon College of Science

Thomas Ferguson

Emeritus Professor

High Energy Physics Experiment
Wean Hall 7402


Prof. Tom Ferguson

Education & Professional Experience

PhD: UC Los Angeles

Research Interests

As an Emeritus, Tom Ferguson's research interests are in experimental high-energy particle physics and, in particular, the use of electron-positron and proton-proton colliding beam accelerators. A member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration, which has constructed a massive detector for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is a 14 TeV proton-proton colliding beam accelerator, situated at the European accelerator center, CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Since beginning to run in 2010, the LHC has reached 8 TeV in center-of-mass energy and is already close to its design intensity. The best-known result from the LHC so far is the discovery of the Standard Model Higgs boson in 2012 by the CMS and ATLAS experiments. In the future, we hope to discover entirely new families of particles beyond the Standard Model, such as supersymmetry.

Selected Publications

V. Khachatryan et al., Observation of the rare Bs0 →µ+µ decay from the combined analysis of CMS and LHCb dataNature 522, 68 (2015) 

V. Khachatryan et al., Limits on the Higgs boson lifetime and width from its decay to four charged leptonsPhys. Rev. D 92, 72010 (2015) 

V. Khachatryan et al., Search for supersymmetry with photons in p p collisions at √s=8 TeVPhys. Rev. D 92, 72006 (2015) 

S. Chatrchyan et al., (CMS Collaboration), Determination of the top-quark pole mass and strong coupling constant from the tt̅ production cross section in pp̅ collisions at √s̅ = 7 TeVPhys. Lett. B 728, 496 (2014)

S. Chatrchyan et al., Study of the Mass and Spin-Parity of the Higgs Boson Candidate via Its Decays to Z Boson PairsPhysical Review Letters 110, 81803 (2013) 

S. Chatrchyan et al., Measurement of the elliptic anisotropy of charged particles produced in PbPb collisions at √s̅NN=2.76 TeVPhysical Review C 87, 014902 (2013)

S. Chatrchyan et al., Search for heavy, top-like quark pair production in the dilepton final state in pp collisions at √s̅= 7 TeV,Physics Letters B 716, 103-121 (2012)

S. Chatrchyan et al., Search for pair produced fourth-generation up-type quarks in pp collisions at with a lepton in the final statePhysics Letters B 718, 307 (2012)

S. Chatrchyan et al., Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHCPhysics Letters B 716, 30 (2012)

S. Chatrchyan et al., Study of high-pT charged particle suppression in PbPb compared to pp collisions at √s̅NN=2.76 TeVThe European Physical Journal C 72, 1945 (2012)

S. Chatrchyan et al., Observation of a New Ξb BaryonPhysical Review Letters 108, 252002 (2012)

S. Chatrchyan et al., J/ψ and ψ(2S) production in pp collisions at √s̅ = 7 TevJournal of High Energy Physics 2012, 11 (2012)

V. Khachatryan et al., Upsilon production cross section in pp collisions at √s̅=7  TeVPhysical Review D 83, 112004 (2011)