Matthew Jones


Phone:

(765) 496-2464 [office]
(765) 494-5971 [lab]
(630) 309-8187 [cell]

Fax:

(765) 494-0706 [Purdue]

Office:

Phys 378 (office)
Phys 337 (lab)

Purdue Address:

Department of Physics
Purdue University
525 Northwestern Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2036

Research Interests

The CMS Experiment

☆ We have recently filled our open postdoc position with the CMS experiment.

The Large Hadron Collider began operations in 2008, with proton-proton collisions at 7 TeV center-of-mass energy in 2011 and 8 TeV in 2012. These data allowed the direct observation of Higgs boson production in 2012. We have analyzed these data to search for new physics manifested by long-lived particles decaying to leptons and to perform tests of Standard Model processes using Drell-Yan production of muons. The Large Hadron Collider resumed operations in 2015 with a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV.

CMS Detector Upgrades

Purdue is preparing for the production of approximately 500 pixel sensor modules with which to construct parts of the Phase-1 upgrade of the Forward Pixel Detector in CMS. We use a robotic assembly process to build these modules which will be used to construct the upgraded detector at Fermilab. Installation of the upgraded pixel detector in CMS is planned during an LHC technical stop at the end of 2016.

In collaboration with Fermilab, we have constructed a silicon strip telescope for use at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility with which to characterize rad-hard pixel sensors for future upgrades of the CMS tracker and other novel sensor technologies.

Charged Lepton Flavor Violation with Mu2e

The Mu2e experiment will search for charged lepton flavor violation by stopping muons on an aluminum target and searching for μ→e. This rare process is sensitive to possible new physics at mass scales up to 104 TeV, well beyond those directly accessible at the LHC. Purdue is collaborating in the construction of the extinction monitor system, which will measure the time structure of the proton beam arriving at the muon production target.

Heavy flavor physics at CDF

The CDF experiment operated at the Fermilab Tevatron from 2001 to 2012. This experiment pioneered the use at hadron colliders of hardware triggers for selecting decays of hadrons containing bottom quarks which made possible the first unambiguous observation of Bs oscillations. More recently, we measured the angular distribution of muons produced in the decays of Υ mesons which was thought to provide information about different quarkonium production mechanisms.

Education and Outreach

I help organize a QuarkNet summer workshop for high school teachers as part of the Physics Department's outreach program. We provide support for participating teachers throughout the year, including an annual MasterClass activity for high school students, and local support for cosmic ray detector experiments in Indiana high schools. The 2016 QuarkNet workshop will be held during the week of June 27th-July 1st.

Other activities

I organize Purdue's participation as an associate member of the EU INFIERI project.
3rd INFIERI workshop January 20-22, 2014Madrid, Spain
2nd International School July 14-25, 2014Paris, France
4th INFIERI workshop December 10-12, 2014NIKHEF Amsterdam
5th INFIERI workshop April 27-29, 2015CERN, Geneva
3rd International School September 14-25, 2015University of Hamburg
6th INFIERI workshop October 27-29, 2015INFN Pisa, Italy
7th INFIERI workshop April 12-15, 2016Lisboa, Portugal
8th INFIERI workshop October 17-21, 2016Fermilab

I have also worked with the OPAL experiment at CERN, and the SLD detector at SLAC.


Courses

Physics 22000 - Fall, 2016 - General Physics

Physics 42200 - Spring, 2016 - Waves and Oscillations

Physics 21900 - Fall, 2015 - General Physics

Physics 42200 - Spring, 2015 - Waves and Oscillations

Physics 24100 - Fall, 2014 - Electricity and Optics

Physics 42200 - Spring, 2014 - Waves and Oscillations

Physics 24100 - Fall, 2013 - Electricity and Optics

Physics 42200 - Spring, 2013 - Waves and Oscillations

Physics 29000 - Spring, 2013 - Service Learning: Quarknet Outreach

Physics 24100 - Fall, 2012 - Electricity and Optics

Physics 56500 - Spring, 2012 - Introduction to Particle Physics II

Physics 34000 (342 lab) - Fall, 2011 - Modern Physics Lab

Physics 56500 - Spring, 2011 - Introduction to Particle Physics II

Physics 34000 (342 lab) - Fall, 2010 - Modern Physics Lab

Physics 56500 - Spring, 2010 - Introduction to Particle Physics II

Physics 34000 (342 lab) - Fall, 2009 - Modern Physics Lab

Physics 536 - Spring, 2009 - Electronic Techniques for Research

Physics 34201 (342L) - Fall, 2008 - Modern Physics Lab

Physics 536 - Spring, 2008 - Electronic Techniques for Research

Physics 564 - Fall, 2007 - Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

Physics 536 - Spring, 2007 - Electronic Techniques for Research

Physics 310 - Fall, 2006 - Intermediate Mechanics

Physics 218 - Spring, 2006 - General Physics

Physics 564 - Fall, 2005 - Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

Physics 218 - Spring, 2005 - General Physics

Physics 310 - Fall, 2004 - Intermediate Mechanics

Physics 564 - Fall, 2003 - Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics


Last updated Mon Mar 7 08:15:15 EST 2015 mjones@physics.purdue.edu