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Associate Professor Paul Jackson

Telephone +61 8 8313 0269
Position ARC Future Fellow
Fax +61 8 8313 4380
Building Physics Building
Floor/Room 1 12
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Physics

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Research Interests


Publication Summary 

With the best standard of living of any Australian state capital, perfect weather, and more Nobel Prize winners produced than anywhere else in Australia, Adelaide is the only destination for international students. Find out more here, or simply contact me.


I hold an ARC Future Fellowship and am the leader of the Adelaide experimental particle physics group. We work on experimental tests of the fundamental forces of nature and searching for new particles and phenomena. Our research is carried out using data from the ATLAS experiment located at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland and the Belle II experiment at KEK in Tsukuba, Japan.

My particular area of study is in searches for Supersymmetry using non-standard techniques to probe for physics which may exist beyond the standard model using charged leptons. You can learn a bit about particle physics here.

With ATLAS we have access to the WLCG (Worldwide LHC Computing Grid) to analyse data recorded by the detector at CERN.

We are expanding our local tier-3 computing centre to store and process huge volumes of ATLAS data and host the Monte Carlo simulation required to perform different detector studies and analyses. These computing resources are also being expanded to store data for Belle II.

The Adelaide group is developing a robust effort for the maintenance, operation and upgrade of the ATLAS detector. This includes building a world-class electronics laboratory on the Adelaide campus. This is a great opportunity for the training of students and staff in state-of-the-art techniques for high bandwidth DAQ R&D.

Other research opportunities in our group cover particle phenomenology, the development of a global fitting tool dalled GAMBIT, beam loss monitoring for high energy particle accelerators and medical physics applications of GEANT4 modelling (in conjunction with SAHMRI). 


I gave a 'Research Tuesday' public lecture describing the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Here is an event display from the ATLAS experiment showing one of the candidates for the discovery of a new particle consistent with the elusive Higgs Boson! 






The Adelaide group are active in the ATLAS collaboration and prominent in Australian particle physics. We are members of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Particle Physics or CoEPP. Contact me if you would like to know more! 

Current Postdoctoral researchers mentored: 
  • Dr Larry Lee 
  • Dr Andreas Petridis
Previous Postdoctoral researchers mentored:
  • Dr Nitesh Soni (now manager of risk assessment at Commonwealth Bank, Sydney)

Opportunities for Students!

There are exciting projects for students at undergraduate, honours, masters and PhD level. Projects covered include:

  • Data Analysis with the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC
  • Grid and cloud computing to improve particle detector simulation
  • High performance data acquisition hardware/software for fast detector readout
  • The search for Supersymmetry with the ATLAS detector at the LHC 
  • Software development for B-meson reconstruction at the Belle II flavour factory
  • Various projects in particle phenomenology
  • Using collider physics and astrophysics to constraint dark matter signatures
Current University of Adelaide Graduate Students mentored:
  • Marco Santoni (PhD candidate University of Adelaide, 2014-)
  • Damir Duvnjak (PhD candidate University of Adelaide, 2015-)
  • Anum Qureshi (PhD candidate University of Adelaide, 2015-)
  • Dylan Peukert (Honours student, 2015-)
Previous University of Adelaide Graduate Students mentored:
  • Kaustubh Naik (MSc University of Adelaide, 2013-2015)
  • Damir Duvnjak (Honours student, 2014)
  • Finley Borgas (Honours student, 2014)
  • Floriane Poignant (International Scholarship student, 2013-2014)
Previous Students mentored:
  • Josh Cogan (PhD Stanford University)
  • Mireia Crispin Ortuzar (CERN Summer Student, now PhD candidate Oxford University)
  • Elisa Manoni (PhD Universita di Perugia, now Staff Scientist at INFN Perugia)
  • Francesco Renga (PhD Universita Di Roma 'La Sapienza', now Staff Scientist at INFN Rome)
  • Elisabetta Baracchini (PhD Universita Di Roma 'La Sapienza', now project scientist University of Tokyo)
  • Luke Corwin (PhD The Ohio State University, now junior faculty at South Dakota School of Mines)


Recent Grants and Awards

  • Awarded "2015 Australia-Harvard Fellowship" from the Harvard Club of Australia 
  • Awarded "2014 Australia-Harvard Fellowship" from the Harvard Club of Australia 
  • FT13 ARC Future Fellowship "Probing the experimental frontier of particle physics with high-precision and high-energy collisions" (2013-2017)
  • Awarded the Dean of Sciences "Order of Merit for Excellence in Research" (2013)
  • DVCR Research Equipment and Infrastructure Award (2012)
  • Funded by the School of Chemistry and Physics Small Grant Scheme (2012)




Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesScience & Technology, Astronomy & Space
ExpertiseParticle Physics; Higgs Boson; CERN; Physics; Big Bang; Supersymmetry

Entry last updated: Monday, 23 Jan 2017

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