LPC Faces



Jason St. John


  • I am a graduate student working at the LPC to finish my doctoral dissertation.
  • My current work uses most of the hard collisions at the LHC, where a pair of quarks or gluons shoot out into the detector in two sprays of particles. A lot of possible new particles would send these 'di-jets' into the middle of the detector. The stuff we are trying to understand better says they should mostly wind up near the incoming proton beams. With my LPC colleagues, I examine the ratio of these two to hunt for something new!
  • Our CMS team based at the LPC published the first and the second ever results from CMS on "hard scattering" collisions: http://arxiv.org/abs/1010.4439 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1010.0203
  • I am eager to take what I have learned back to CERN. With 2011 and 2012, CMS hopes to uncover the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking (maybe the Higgs), and to peak into all kinds of new particle physics questions. I can't wait!