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B. Paul Padley
Professor
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
 
e-mail:padley@rice.edu
 
  • B.Sc. York University, 1981
  • Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1987
 
Primary Department
   Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
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    Websites
     Current Publication List
     Padley,T.W. Bonner Lab Hompage
     
    Research Areas
     Experimental Elementary Particle Physics
     

    Experimental Particle Physics

     

    Particle Physics is the science that tries to understand what the most elementary constituents of matter are and to deduce the laws of nature that govern their interactions. The Standard Model of particle physics provides an astonishingly good description of the fundamental particles and their interactions. The electroweak sector is beautifully and precisely calculable from photon exchange in QED with the addition of the gauge bosons W and Z to mediate the weak interaction. The strong interaction sector is described remarkably well at high energies by QCD. Many physicists, however, believe that the Standard Model must be incomplete since so many parameters, including the quark and lepton masses, the quark mixing angles, and the nature of the Higgs sector, are not calculable but instead must be inserted by hand. In addition recent results from astrophysics indicate that 95% of the content of the universe has not been identified.


    Physics beyond the Standard Model, such as supersymmetry, grand unification, and superstrings, promises to enable calculation of many of these parameters from fundamental principles. New phenomena predicted in the mass range to be made accessible at the LHC includes a complete elucidation of the Higgs sector and the likely discovery of many new particles - the super-partners of the Standard Model quarks, leptons, and gauge bosons. These potential discoveries, and more probably those yet to be imagined, will most likely occur at a hadron collider with a detector that emphasizes high quality lepton detection. Such a detector is the one designed for use at the LHC: the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector.


     

     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Natural Supersymmetry, Muon g2, and the Last Crevices for the Top Squark 
    B. Paul Padley (Rice U.), Kuver Sinha (Syracuse U.), Kechen Wang (Peking U., CHEP & Beijing, Inst. High Energy Phys.). May 21, 2015. 14 pp. 
    Published in Phys.Rev. D92 (2015) 5, 055025 
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.92.055025 
    e-Print: arXiv:1505.05877 [hep-ph] | PDF

     
     

    Measurement of the B(s) to mu+ mu- branching fraction and search for B0 to mu+ mu- with the CMS Experiment 
    CMS Collaboration (Serguei Chatrchyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.). Jul 18, 2013. 17 pp. 
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 111 (2013) 101804 
    CMS-BPH-13-004, CERN-PH-EP-2013-129 
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.101804 


    http://arxiv.org/pdf/1307.5025.pdf
     
     

    Observation of a new boson with mass near 125 GeV in pp collisions at s = 7 and 8 TeV 
    CMS Collaboration (Serguei Chatrchyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.). Mar 19, 2013. 117 pp. 
    Published in JHEP 1306 (2013) 081 
    CMS-HIG-12-036, CERN-PH-EP-2013-035 
    DOI: 10.1007/JHEP06(2013)081 


    http://arxiv.org/pdf/1303.4571.pdf
     
     
     
     

    Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC. 
    CMS Collaboration (Serguei Chatrchyan (Yerevan Phys. Inst.) et al.). Jul 2012. 
    Published in Phys.Lett. B716 (2012) 30-61 
    CMS-HIG-12-028, CERN-PH-EP-2012-220 
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2012.08.021

     
     

    Radiation Testing of Electronics for the CMS Endcap Muon System. 
    B. BylsmaD. CadyA. CelikL.S. DurkinJ. GilmoreJ. HaleyV. KhotilovichS. LakdawalaJ. LiuM. Matveev et al.. Aug 2012. 
    Published in Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A698 (2013) 242-248 
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2012.09.017

     
     

    Remote access to Xilinx programmable devices in the CSC endcap muon electronic system at CMS. 
    J. LiuM. MatveevP. Padley (Rice U.). 2011. 7 pp. 
    Published in JINST 6 (2011) C11001 
    DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/6/11/C11001