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Dr Oleg Brandt

Dr Oleg Brandt

University Lecturer

Room 950 (Rutherford Bldg)
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337242


Oleg Brandt is a Lecturer in High Energy Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory. He received his D. Phil. from Oxford University in 2009 and a Diploma in Physics from Bonn University in 2006. After the doctorate, he was a Fermi International Fellow and a researcher at the University of Göttingen until 2013. Before joining the Cavendish in 2019, Oleg Brandt lead an independent research group at Heidelberg University. Throughout his academic career, he collaborated internationally on experiments at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) and at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL).

Research groups

High Energy Physics:

Research Interests

Fundamental laws of nature and fundamental particles broadly define Oleg Brandt area of active research. More specifically, he is searching for Dark Matter that comprises 85% of the matter in our universe, and for any anomalies associated with the most recently discovered fundamental particle that truly is at the centre of the Standard Model - the Higgs boson. Experimentally, the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN is the focal point of Oleg Brandt's research. Currently, he is co-coordinating the Common Dark Matter group that coordinates searches for Dark Matter within the ATLAS experiment, and represents ATLAS in the LHC Dark Matter Working Group. Another passion of Oleg Brandt are particle detectors (and their operation -- the data taking shift of OB count is a 3-digit number), the key to study fundamental particles and their interactions, and to push the borders of the unknown.

More specifically:

  • Searches for New Physics: Dark Matter, anomalous Higgs boson couplings, signatures with long-lived particles, flavour universality violation, electroweakly produced supersymmetry.
  • Precision measurements: fundamental parameters and symmetries in the Standard Model, e.g.: top quark mass, Higgs boson properties.
  • Detectors: detector development, commissioning, and operation; reconstruction algorithms (jets, jet substructure, track-assisted jets, muons, tracking).


  • Big picture