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lawrence lee
Lawrence Lee
Assistant Professor

Experimental High Energy Particle Physics
Office: 503 Nielsen Physics Building

Brief Vita
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Assistant Professor (2021-)
  • Research Associate, Harvard University (2019-2021)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (2016-2019)
  • Research Associate, University of Adelaide (2014-2016)

  • PhD Physics, Yale University (2014)
  • MS, MPhil Physics, Yale University (2012)
  • BS Physics, Rutgers University (2009)


Research Areas

I work in experimental particle physics, particularly at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Much of this work is in the context of the CMS Experiment, one of the two multi-purpose experiments at the LHC, along side a collaboration of thousands from around the world.

The Standard Model of particle physics (SM) represents our current understanding of what particles and forces make up the universe. However, there are a number of major issues with the SM that keep it from being an adequate description of the universe. In my research group, we look for evidence of physics beyond the SM that may guide us to a more complete model of the universe. We largely focus on searches for Supersymmetry (SUSY), looking for non-standard signatures where significant discovery potential remains.

This program includes searches that employ novel machine learning techniques to solve high-dimensional kinematic problems, searches for particles that have large resolvable lifetimes, and searches for the heaviest particles that could produced at the LHC. Our group is also involved in the complex systems of electronics used to control and readout the enormous detectors.

Selected Publications
  1. L. Lee, C. Ohm, A. Soffer, and T. Yu, Collider Searches for Long-Lived Particles Beyond the Standard Model, Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics 3695 (2019)
  2. ATLAS Collaboration, A search for the decays of stopped long-lived particles at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector, accepted by EPJC (2021)
  3. ATLAS Collaboration, Search for displaced leptons in √s = 13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector, Accepted by Physical Review Letters (2021)
  4. ATLAS Collaboration, Search for long-lived, massive particles in events with a displaced vertex and a muon with large impact parameter in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector, Phys. Rev. D 102 032006 (2020)
  5. ATLAS Collaboration, Search for long-lived, massive particles in events with displaced vertices and missing transverse momentum in 13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector, Phys. Rev. D 97 052012 (2018)
  6. ATLAS Collaboration, Search for squarks and gluinos in final states with jets and missing transverse momentum at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector, Eur. Phys. J. C 76: 392 (2016)
  7. ATLAS Collaboration, Search for massive supersymmetric particles decaying to many jets using the ATLAS detector in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV, Phys. Rev. D 91, 112016 (2015)
  8. ATLAS Collaboration, Light-quark and Gluon Jet Discrimination in pp Collisions at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS Detector, Eur. Phys. J. C 74: 3023 (2014)
  9. ATLAS Collaboration, Search for pair production of massive particles decaying into three quarks with the AT- LAS detector in √s = 7 TeV pp collisions at the LHC, Journal of High Energy Physics 12, 1–42 (2012)



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