Markus Klute

Professor of Physics
His group played a central role in the discovery of the Higgs boson using the CMS experiment at the LHC in 2012.
Affiliated Center(s): MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science
Assistant Phone: (617) 253-2391

Research Interests

Professor Klute’s research interest is particle physics at the energy frontier, both in the design, construction and commissioning of particle detectors, and in the analysis of the data collected. In 2012 his group played a central role in the discovery of the Higgs boson using the CMS experiment at the LHC. The discovery sheds light on the fundamental question of the origin of elementary particle mass and the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking. The exploitation of the Higgs boson and direct searches for physics beyond the standard model at the LHC are the focus of his future research.

Biographical Sketch

Markus Klute joined the MIT Physics Department in April 2009. He received his Diploma and Ph.D from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhems University, Bonn, Germany in 2004 with research on the OPAL, ATLAS and D0 experiments. After earning his Ph.D he joined MIT as a postdoc and later as a research scientist, and worked on the CDF and CMS experiments. In 2007 he accepted a position as Associate Professor with tenure at Goerg-August University in Goettingen, Germany, where he started a research group on the ATLAS experiment before coming back to MIT.

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Awards & Honors

  • 2019 // Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2011 // Sloan Research Fellowship

Key Publications

  • CMS Collaboration, “Measurements of production cross sections of WZ and same-sign WW boson pairs in association with two jets in proton-proton collisions at √s= 13 TeV”, Submitted to Phys.Lett.B (2020)

  • CMS Collaboration, “Search for charged Higgs bosons decaying into a top and a bottom quark in the all-jet final state of pp collisions at √s= 13 TeV”, Submitted to JHEP (2020)

  • CMS Collaboration, “Search for a charged Higgs boson decaying into top and bottom quarks in events with electrons or muons in proton-proton collisions at √s= 13 TeV”, JHEP 01 (2020) 096