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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 University Lecturer in High Energy Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory. He obtained the venia legendi (habilitation) from U. Heidelberg in 2016, a PhD in Particle Physics from U. Oxford in 2009, and a Diploma in Physics U. Bonn in 2006. Before joining the Cavendish in 2019, OB lead an independent research group at Heidelberg University. After the doctorate, he was a Fermi International Fellow at Fermilab, Chicago, and a researcher at the University of Göttingen until 2013. Throughout his academic career, OB collaborated internationally on experiments at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) and at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL).
At the Cavendish, OB represents HEP in the Strategy Working Group, and chairs the IT Committee.

Research groups

High Energy Physics:

Research Interests

Fundamental laws of nature and fundamental particles broadly define the area of active research of OB. 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. He is particular interested in exploring exotic signatures that could not be covered efficiently in the past, for example involving decays of long-lived neutral particles. In 2018-20, OB co-lead 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.

Experimentally, the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN is the focal point of Oleg Brandt's research. Another passion of Oleg Brandt are particle detectors (and their operation), the key to study fundamental particles and their interactions, and to push the borders of the unknown at future colliders. OB co-proposed ANUBIS, an extension detector for ATLAS (or CMS) to search for Dark Sector particles, and leads the ANUBIS efforts at the Cavendish HEP group.

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, tracks).


  • Quantum Devices and Measurements
  • High Energy Physics
  • Muon Physics
  • Data Analysis
  • Event Reconstruction
  • Dark Matter
  • Deep Learning
  • Muon Tomography
  • Higgs Sector
  • Detector design and development
  • Education
  • Medical Physics
  • Big picture
  • top quarks
  • Long-lived particles