Who I am and what I do

I study high energy particle interactions in order to improve our understanding of the matter and forces which make up the universe. I also work on new detector technologies which enable us to answer new questions in this area.

My experience

I have been a member of the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC since 2005.

I did my PhD research at the University of Notre Dame under Prof. Colin Jessop from 2005 to 2011. My PhD thesis involved a measurement of the inclusive differential single photon cross section in some of the first data collected by the experiment. I also had major roles in the commissioning of the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter as the experiment started up.

I did my postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland (2011-2016), where I participated in searches for a supersymmetric partner of the top quark. I also led the team which operates the CMS hadronic calorimeter during a very active time, participating in both the upgrade of the detector as well as overseeing the first data taking at the world record energy of 13 TeV.

Current research

I am an Associate Professor in the High Energy Physics group here at Florida State University. My current work focuses on upgrading the CMS detector, and on searches for exotic physics beyond the Standard Model via hypothetical long-lived particles.

As the LHC luminosity increases in the coming years, accumulated radiation damage to our detector will render the current calorimeters incapable of delivering the physics performance necessary to fully explore the TeV frontier. CMS has a rich program of upgrades which will extend our reach for searching out new physics. In particular, I am helping to construct a new High Granularity Calorimeter which will bring a novel detector type into operation for the first time.

I am also interested in searching for physics beyond the Standard Model by way of hypothetical new long-lived particles. As negative search results pour in from the LHC experiments, we need to expand the types of signatures for new physics we consider.

Interested in joining my group at FSU? Please use the contact link below to get in touch with me!



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Office 519
Lab 619

Prof. Ted Kolberg
Department of Physics
Florida State University
77 Chieftan Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306

(850) 445 6866