School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Seth Zenz


Lecturer in Particle Physics

Telephone: 0207 882 6557
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 401


Seth Zenz is an expert on the Higgs boson who became a Lecturer in the QMUL Particle Physics Research Centre in 2018.  He completed his PhD in 2011 at the University of California, Berkeley on the ATLAS experiment, studying the properties of jets in early LHC data.  Over the course of two postdocs at Princeton University and Imperial College London, he made a range of measurements within the Higgs program at the Compact Muon Solenoid collaboration and led its Higgs to di-photon analysis group for 2016-18.

Motivated by the central role of charged particle tracking in all Higgs boson measurements, he has made contributions to the construction and operation of the silicon pixel detectors for both ATLAS and CMS. He now works on the ITk Upgrade for the ATLAS detector in preparation for the High Luminosity LHC; see PPRC Research Facilities for more details.



Selected Publications

  • The CMS Collaboration, "Measurements of Higgs boson properties in the diphoton decay channel in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 13 TeV", accepted for publication by JHEP.
  • The CMS Collaboration, "Observation of ttH production", Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 231801 (2018)
  • The CMS Collaboration, “Search for high-mass diphoton resonances in proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV and combination with 8 TeV search,” Phys. Lett. B 767 (2017) 147 DOI:10.1016/j.physletb.2017.01.027
  • The CMS Collaboration, “Search for Resonant Production of High-Mass Photon Pairs in Proton-Proton Collisions at sqrt(s) = 8 and 13 TeV,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 117 (2016) 5, 051802 DOI 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.051802
  • The CMS Collaboration, “Search for the standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a W or a Z boson and decaying to bottom quarks,” Phys. Rev. D 89, 012003 (2014). DOI 10.1103/PhysRevD.89.012003
  • The CMS Collaboration, “A New Boson with a Mass of 125 GeV Observed with the CMS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider,” Science 338, 1569 (2012). DOI 10.1126/science.1230816
  • The CMS Collaboration, “Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC,” Phys. Lett. B 716, 30 (2012). DOI 10.1016/j.physletb.2012.08.021
  • The ATLAS Collaboration, “Properties of jets measured from tracks in proton-proton collisions at center-of-mass energy sqrt(s) = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector,” Phys. Rev. D 84, 054001 (2011). DOI 10.1103/PhysRevD.84.054001
  • The ATLAS Collaboration, “Observation of a Centrality-Dependent Dijet Asymmetry in Lead-Lead Collisions at sqrt(sNN) = 2.76 TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 252303 (2010). DOI 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.252303
  • The ATLAS Collaboration,  “The ATLAS Simulation Infrastructure,” EPJC 70, 823 (2010). DOI 10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1429-9
  • The ATLAS Collaboration, “The ATLAS Inner Detector commissioning and calibration,” EPJC 70, 787 (2010). DOI 10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1366-7
  • The ATLAS Collaboration, “The ATLAS Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider,” JINST 3, S08003 (2008). DOI 10.1088/1748-0221/3/08/S08003

Further publications

  • Over 750 publications with the ATLAS and CMS experimental collaborations. See full list at INSPIRE.

    PhD Supervision

    Below is a list of potential projects for PhD students. Other possibilities can also be discussed.