Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College
David Miller’s research focuses on fundamental particles—the quarks
and gluons that comprise everyday protons and neutrons—and their interactions using proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Data collected using the ATLAS detector (also at CERN) allow for direct detection of new phenomena produced in the collisions at the LHC, along with some of the most sensitive measurements of the standard model of particle physics to date. Miller’s work into the properties and measurements of the experimental signatures of these quarks and gluons, or “jets,” is an integral piece of the puzzle used in the recent discovery of the Higgs boson and searches for new massive particles that decay into boosted top quarks, as well as the hints that the elusive quark-gluon-plasma may have finally been observed in collisions of lead ions.
Miller has also worked extensively on the construction and operation of the ATLAS detector, including the calorimeter and tracking systems that allow for these detailed measurements.
Miller received a PhD from Stanford University and a BA in physics from the University of Chicago. He was a McCormick Fellow with the Enrico Fermi Institute from 2011 to 2013. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Stanford University Kirkpatrick Graduate Teaching Award, the IEEE Real-Time Conference Outstanding Paper Award, and the ATLAS Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Miller joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.