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Class of 1943 Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics
Name: Jesse Thaler
Title(s): Class of 1943 Career Development
Phone: (617) 253-3713
Assistant: Charles Suggs (617) 253-8363
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Jesse Thaler is a theoretical particle physicist whose research focus is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment at CERN.
The LHC offers an unprecedented opportunity to probe new phenomena at the high energy frontier. With the discovery of the Higgs boson at the LHC in 2012, the standard model of particle physics is now complete, yet its shortcomings loom larger than ever. The standard model does not fully address a number of outstanding questions in fundamental physics, including the nature of dark matter, the apparent weakness of gravity, and the symmetry structure of our universe. With a seven-fold increase in energy compared to the Tevatron at Fermilab, the LHC has ushered in a new era of discovery. Together with high-intensity collider experiments and a variety of ground- and satellite-based dark matter experiments, the LHC has enormous potential to reveal what new physics lies beyond the standard model.
In his research, Prof. Thaler analyzes the theoretical frameworks and possible LHC signatures for physics beyond the standard model. He is particularly interested in novel experimental signatures for supersymmetry and how the properties of dark matter might be tested at the LHC. Prof. Thaler also works on new methods to characterize jets—collimated sprays of particles that are copiously produced at the LHC—and has developed a number of techniques to exploit the substructure of jets to enhance the search for new physics.
Jesse Thaler joined the MIT Physics Department in January 2010 as an Assistant Professor and member of the Center for Theoretical Physics. He now holds the Class of 1943 Career Development Professorship at MIT. From 2006 to 2009, he was a fellow at the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2006, and his Sc.B. in Math/Physics from Brown University in 2002. He received an Early Career Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2012, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House in 2012, and a Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2013.
- Anomaly Mediation from Unbroken Supergravity. Francesco D'Eramo, Jesse Thaler, and Zachary Thomas. [JHEP 1309:125 (2013)], [arXiv:1307.3251].
- Unsafe but Calculable: Ratios of Angularities in Perturbative QCD. Andrew J. Larkoski and Jesse Thaler. [JHEP 1309:137 (2013)], [arXiv:1307.1699].
- Flavor Mediation Delivers Natural SUSY. Nathaniel Craig, Matthew McCullough, and Jesse Thaler. [JHEP 1206:046 (2012)], [arXiv:1203.1622].
- Identifying Boosted Objects with N-subjettiness. Jesse Thaler and Ken Van Tilburg. [JHEP 1103:015 (2011)], [arXiv:1011.2268].
- Semi-annihilation of Dark Matter. Francesco D'Eramo and Jesse Thaler. [JHEP 1006:109 (2010)], [arXiv:1003.5912].
- Goldstini. Clifford Cheung, Yasunori Nomura, and Jesse Thaler. [JHEP 1003:073 (2010)], [arXiv:1002.1967].
- Jet Trimming. David Krohn, Jesse Thaler, and Lian-Tao Wang. [JHEP 1002:084 (2010)], [arXiv:0912.1342].
- Dark Matter through the Axion Portal. Yasunori Nomura and Jesse Thaler. [Phys. Rev. D79:075008 (2009)], [arXiv:0810.5397].
- Supersymmetry and the LHC Inverse Problem. Nima Arkani-Hamed, Gordon L. Kane, Jesse Thaler, and Lian-Tao Wang. [JHEP 0608:070 (2006)], [hep-ph/0512190].
Last updated on September 15, 2014 1:32 PM