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Professor Mark Thomson

Professor Mark Thomson

Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council

Professor of Experimental Particle Physics

Professorial Fellow of Emmanuel College

HEP Group
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 765122



Mark Thomson is Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Cambridge. He has over 1100 publications covering a number of major areas in High Energy Particle Physics. His main research interests are in electron-positron collider physics, neutrino physics and the development of novel and powerful reconstruction techniques for cutting edge detector technologies. In addition to his research activities, he is the author of “Modern Particle Physics”. He is currently on secondment to the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is the Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, one of the nine councils of UK Research and Innovation.

Research groups

High Energy Physics:

Research Interests

Mark Thomson’s main research activities are centred around three main areas. He is one of the leading figures in neutrino physics. Until April 2018, he was the co-spokesperson of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), which is the next generation of long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, aiming to discover CP violation in the leptonic sector. He played a leading role in the development of the first automatic reconstruction software to process images from liquid argon detectors such as DUNE and MicroBooNE. He is also the world-leading expert on high-granularity particle flow calorimetry, which is drives the design of future collider detectors at the ILC, CLIC and beyond and was central to the development of the detector designs and the physics cases for the ILC and CLIC.

Key Publications

Modern Particle Physics, Thomson, M.A., Cambridge University Press (2013).

Improved search for muon-neutrino to electron-neutrino transitions in MINOS, MINOS collaboration, Phys. Rev. Lett 107 (2011).

Particle Flow Calorimetry and the PandoraPFA Algorithm, Thomson, M.A, NIMA 611 (2009).

Measurement of the mass and width of the W boson, OPAL Collaboration, Eur. Phys. J. C45 (2006).

Precise determination of the Z resonance parameters at LEP, OPAL Collaboration, Eur. Phys. J. C19 (2001).