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Julia Thom-Levy


Julia Thom-Levy


Educational Background

Physics Dipl., 1997, Hamburg University. Ph.D., 2001, Hamburg University. Research Assistant, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) 1997-2002. Research Associate, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) 2002-2005. Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 2005-2012. Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 2012-2018. Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 2018-present. Deputy Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Accelerator-Based Sciences and Education, January 2018-present. Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, May 2017-present. Guest Scientist at RWTH Aachen, Germany, March-Sept 2009. Fellow, German National Scholarship Foundation 1993-1997.



Experimental Elementary Particle Physics, Heavy Quark Physics, Hadron Collider Physics, Solid State Detectors for Particle Physics and X-ray science


  • Physics

Graduate Fields

  • Physics


  • Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE)
  • Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics (LEPP)


My research focus is data analysis at the Compact Muon Soleniod (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, as well as the development of novel Silicon detectors for particle and x-ray science.

The LHC is colliding protons at the highest energies ever reached with accelerators- a new energy scale that opens up the exciting possibility of great scientific discoveries. Explanations for the origin of electroweak symmetry breaking, the existence of dark matter, and the discovery of supersymmetric particles are finally within our reach. The discovery of the Higgs boson has been a major milestone for our field, and new phenomena, such as signatures of processes involving dark matter, could appear soon, as we are integrating data and are gaining sensitivity rapidly. More details about my current work, all our ongoing analysis groups, and how to learn more about Physics at the LHC can be found here:

In addition to my work on data analysis and detector commissioning, I work on detector upgrades for the LHC, in particular the upgrades of the innermost layers of the pixelated Silicon detectors, which have to withstand enormous doses of radiation. Our sensitivity to New Physics depends critically on our ability to track particles with very high precision in a very challenging environment.

Research work in my group involves development of data analysis algorithms and Monte Carlo simulation of New Physics phenomena expected to be observed at the LHC, detector operations and upgrades, as well as detector R&D of novel silicon pixel devices, both for particle and x-ray science. After an initial learning phase at Cornell, students often travel to or live at CERN, Switzerland, for detector commissioning, data taking and years of exciting new physics discoveries.


Joseph Reichert

Current Graduate Students

Abhisek Datta
Divya Gadkari

Undergraduate Students

Scott Hurwitz


Fall 2020


Observation of ttH production, CMS Collaboration with J.Thom, Published in PRL 120, No.23, 231801 (2018)

Evidence for associated production of a Higgs boson with a top quark pair in final states with electrons, muons, and hadronically decaying \tau leptons at sqrt{s} = 13 TeV, CMS Collaboration with J.Thom, published in JHEP 1808, 066 (2018)

Searches for R-parity-violating supersymmetry in pp collisions at √ s=8TeV in final states with 0–4 leptons. V. Khachatryan et al. (CMS Collaboration) Phys. Rev. D 94, 112009 – Published 29 December 2016.

Measurement of the integrated and differential ttbar production cross section for high-pT top quarks in pp collisions at √s= 8 TeV , CMS Collaboration). Apr 30, 2016. 25 pp.  Published in Phys.Rev. D94 (2016) no.7, 072002  CMS-TOP-14-012, CERN-EP-2016-078.

3D IC for Future HEP Experiments J. Thom, et al. 2014. 8 pp., Journal of Instrumentation 9 (2014) 11, C11005

Measurement of Jet Multiplicity Distributions in Top Quark Pair Events at √s = 7 TeV, CMS collaboration, Eur. Phys. J. C74 (2014) 8, 3014

Measurement of the t-tbar production cross section in pp collisions at 7TeV with lepton+jets final states, CMS Collaboration, Physics Letters B 720 (2013) 83.