JESSE THALER, Class of 1943 Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics

Associate Professor of Physics

EMAIL: jthaler@mit.edu

PHONE: (617) 253-3713

OFFICE: 6-318

ASSISTANT: Charles Suggs (617) 253-8363


Area of Physics:

Theoretical Particle Physics

Research Interests

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.

Biographical Sketch

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.

Selected Publications

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