Mark C Kruse, Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor of Physics  

Mark C Kruse

Office Location: 283 Physics
Office Phone: (919) 660-2564
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Experimental high energy physics

Research Categories: Experimental High Energy Physics

Current projects: Searches for the Higgs Boson at the Tevatron., Global dilepton analyses at CDF and ATLAS., Using the ATLAS Transition Radiation Tracker in a search for exotic charged massive particles., Silicon detector upgrades for ATLAS.

Research Description: Prof. Mark Kruse is primarily interested in searches for the Higgs boson, production of vector boson pairs, and model-independent analysis techniques for new particle searches. Within the Standard Model(SM) the generation of the masses of the W and Z bosons is accomplished through the Higgs mechanism, a manifestation of which is a particle called the Higgs boson. It is therefore of considerable importance in particle physics to find the Higgs boson, or discover whatever other theory plays the role of the Higgs mechanism should the SM Higgs not exist. Prof. Kruse led the CDF Higgs discovery group at Fermilab from Jan 2007 to Jan 2009 and continues to play an active role in Higgs searches. In addition he has developed a global analysis to search for new physics using events containing a high-energy electron and muon. These programs of research are being conducted with the CDF detector at Fermilab, and the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which started colliding beams of protons in late 2009. Prof. Kruse is also interested in silicon detector design for high-energy particle physics experiments and is part of a group developing the next generation of silicon detectors for the ATLAS experiment.

Teaching (Spring 2014):

  • physics 134.01, Intro to astronomy Synopsis
    Physics 130, MF 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • Lit 390s.01, Special topics in literature Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 102, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. CDF collaboration, Searches for the Higgs boson decaying to W+W−→ℓ+νℓ−ν¯ with the CDF II detector, Phys.Rev.D88 (2013) 052012 (May, 2013)  [abs].
  2. M. Bauce (Padova), D. Benjamin, M.C. Kruse, A. Limosani (Duke) with the CDF Collaboration, Novel inclusive search for the Higgs boson in the four-lepton final state at CDF, Phys.Rev. D86, 072012 (2012) (2012) [1123369]  [author's comments].
  3. M.C.Kruse with the CDF and D0 collaborations, Evidence for a particle produced in association with weak bosons and decaying to a bottom-antibottom quark pair in Higgs boson searches at the Tevatron, Phys.Rev.Lett. 109 (2012) 071804 (2012) [1124036]  [author's comments].
  4. M.C. Kruse, D. Hidas (Duke U.), with A. Abulencia et al. (CDF collaboration), Measurement of the W+W - production cross section and search for anomalous WW gamma and WWZ couplings in $p\bar{p}$ collisions at $\sqrt{s}=1.96$ TeV, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 201801 (2010) [4500]  [abs] [author's comments].
  5. M.C. Kruse, D. Hidas (Duke U.), M. Herndon, J. Pursely (U. of Wisconsin), with A. Abulencia et al. (CDF collaboration), `Inclusive Search for Standard Model Higgs Boson Production in the WW Decay Channel using the CDF II Detector, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 061803 (2010) [4468]  [abs] [author's comments].

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Chen Zhou  
  • Kevin D. Finelli  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Antonio Limosani (January 01, 2010 - present)  
  • Esben Klinkby (October 1, 2008 - October 1, 2010)  
  • Valentin Necula (January 1, 2007 - May 31, 2008)  
  • Mircea Coca (September 1, 2004 - July 1, 2006)  
  • Susana Cabrera (February 1, 2001 - August 31, 2004)