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Richard Cavanaugh, PhD




Building & Room:

2268 SES


845 West Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5358


Professor Cavanaugh, specializes in Particle Physics and holds a joint appointment with Fermilab. His current research interests include searching for new fundamental symmetries in nature and possible extra dimensions of space, which may probe the origin of dark matter in the universe. He received his PhD in 1999 from The Florida State University using the ALEPH experiment and the Large Electron-Positron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Continuing his work on ALEPH, he subsequently accepted a post-doctoral appointment at the Universitaet Heidelberg in Germany. In 2001 he joined the research faculty at the University of Florida. There he worked on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and he coordinated several national initiatives in high performance Grid computing. Before joining UIC and Fermilab, Professor Cavanaugh spent time at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris as a visiting scientist, investigating Supersymmetry in the context of precision experimental data.

Selected Publications

  • “Likelihood Functions for Supersymmetric Observables in Frequentist Analyses of the CMSSM and NUHM1.” (Submitted Eur. J. Phys. C)
  • “Predictions for supersymmetric particle masses using indirect experimental and cosmological constraints.” (JHEP 0809, 2008)
  • “Prediction of the Lightest Higgs Boson Mass in the CMSSM using Indirect Experimental Constraints” (Physics Letters B 657, 2007)
  • “Fermion Pair Production in e+e- Collisions at 189-209 GeV and Constraints on Physics beyond the Standard Model” (European Journal of Physics C 49, 2007)
  • “Measurement of the W boson mass and width in e+e- collisions at LEP.” (Eur. J. Phys. C 47, 2006)


BS Physics (1993), Southern College

BA Mathematics (1993), Southern College

PhD Physics (1999), Florida State University