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Iain Stewart, Professor of PhysicsIain Stewart, Professor of Physics

Iain Stewart Named 2014 Simons Investigator

Awarded 5-year, $100K annual research support by Simons Foundation

Iain Stewart works in the physics of elementary particles, investigating fundamental questions in quantum chromodynamics, i.e., the interactions of quarks and gluons via the strong force. He is particularly known for his role in inventing soft collinear effective field theory, a theoretical tool for understanding the particle jets produced by high energy collisions in accelerators such as the LHC. He has established factorization theorems that enable the clear interpretation and physical understanding of the collision products. Methods he has developed have been used in the search for the Higgs boson, to gain new insights into effects of CP violation in B-meson production and to test for beyond-standard-model physics.

Also: MIT Center for Theoretical Physics