Dr Jon Hays

Dr Jon Hays

Senior Lecturer in Particle Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 6150
Room: G O Jones 411

My research interests

I am interested in the origins of the masses of the fundamental particles. I have been involved in the search for the Higgs boson in its incarnation within the Standard Model and in a number of supersymmetric models. I was one the two official representatives of the D0 experiment on the Tevatron New Physics and Higgs Working group. This group performs the statistical combination of the results of Higgs searches at the two experiments that ran at the Tevatron proton-anti-proton collider at Fermilab near Chicago, IL. I was also an important contributor the continuing search for the standard model Higgs boson for the CMS experiment at the LHC at CERN, working on the key channel where the Higgs boson decays to two photons. This culminated in the discovery of a Higgs-like boson in July 2012. My work in Higgs physics now continues on the ATLAS experiment where I am interested in measuring the physical properties of the new boson and how it interacts with the other fundamental particles. These measurements will reveal the nature of the new particle and tell us whether we have indeed found the boson predicted by the standard model, or perhaps something new that we cannot yet explain.

My teaching

Currently, I tutor for the Synoptic Physics module(PHY300) that runs in Semester A and am module organiser for the module on Introduction to C++ Programming (PHY4321) that runs in Semester B.

My grants

  • STFC Consolidated Grant (2012-2016), £3.2m

              - Co-investigator, PPRC Experimental Particle Physics

  • STFC Consolidated Grant (2009-2012), £14m

              - Co-investigator, The Study of Elemental Particles and their interactions

  • STFC Responsive RA Grant (2007-2009), £250k

              - Co-investigator, Higgs Searches at DZero

  • STFC Advanced Fellowship (2006-2011), £420k

              - Primary investigator, Higgs Searches at the LHC

Invited talks

  • "BSM Higgs Searches at the Tevatron", Higgs Hunting Workshop, July 2013, Orsay, Paris
  • "ATLAS 126 GeV Higgs Results", The LHC Higgs Signal: Characterization, Interpretation and BSM Model Implecations: Workshop, April 2013, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
  • "Degenerate Higgs Studies", The LHC Higgs Signal: Characterization, Interpretation and BSM Model Implecations: Workshop, April 2013, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
  • "Property Measurements of the Higgs-Like Boson at CMS", International Workshop on Discovery Physics at the LHC, December 2012, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • "BSM and SUSY Higgs Results from CMS", The Hunt for New Particles, from the Alps to the Plains to the Rockies, February 2012, Aspen, CO, USA
  • "Combination of Standard Model Higgs Results from the Tevatron", 46th Rencontre De Moriond (QCD), March 2011, La Thuile, Italy
  • "Recent results in MSSM Higgs Searches at D0", Fermilab, Joint-Theoretical-Experiment Seminar ("Wine and Cheese"), October 2010, Fermilab, Chicago, USA
  • "Standard Model and Non-Standard Model Searches at the Tevatron", 16th Internation Symposium on Particles, Strings and Cosmology, July 2010, Valencia, Spain
  • "Tevatron Searches for New Physics with Leptons", 45th Recontres De Moriond (EWK), March 2010, La Thuile, Italy
  • "Searches for Non-Standard Model Higgs Bosons at the Tevatron", Recontres De Blois: "Windows on the Universe", June 2009, Blois, France
  • "Constraints on Parton Density Functions from D0", 16th International Workshop on Deep Inelastic Scattering, April 2008, London, UK
  • "Electroweak Measurements at the Tevatron", 20th Rencontres De Physique De La Vallee D'Aoste, March 2006, La Thuile, Italy
  • "Precise W and Z Cross Sections at the Tevatron", 13th International Workshop on Deep Inelastic Scattering, April 2005, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • "Non-SUSY Searches at the Tevatron", 38th Recontres De Moriond (QCD), March 2003, Les Arcs, France
  • "D0 Run-II Trigger and Data Acquistion System", DPF-2002, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.


Most popular publications

Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC
Chatrchyan, Serguei et al.
Phys.Lett., Volume B716, page 30-61. Publication year: 2012

DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2012.08.021

The CMS Experiment at the CERN LHC
Chatrchyan, S. et al.
JINST, Volume 3, page S08004. Publication year: 2008

DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/3/08/S08004

The Upgraded D0 detector
Abazov, V.M. et al.
Nucl.Instrum.Meth., Volume A565, page 463-537. Publication year: 2006

DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2006.05.248

Determination of Jet Energy Calibration and Transverse Momentum Resolution in CMS
Chatrchyan, Serguei et al.
JINST, Volume 6, page P11002. Publication year: 2011

DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/6/11/P11002

Combined results of searches for the standard model Higgs boson in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s}=7$ TeV
Chatrchyan, Serguei et al.
Phys.Lett., Volume B710, page 26-48. Publication year: 2012

DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2012.02.064