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Paraskevas Sphicas

Paraskevas Sphicas

Professor Paraskevas Sphicas FRS


Elected: 2019


Paraskevas (Paris) Sphicas, a particle physicist with a long track record in the physics of hadron colliders, is a leading figure in the search for physics beyond the standard model at CERN’s LHC. He led all aspects of physics preparations, from the design and implementation of the computing, software and trigger/DAQ systems to the physics studies of the CMS experiment that discovered a Higgs boson in 2012. Since the start of the LHC, he has been driving searches for Supersymmetry and has served in various coordination roles, including Deputy Spokesperson of CMS.

His prior work on the UA1 experiment at CERN and the CDF experiment at Fermilab included the design and deployment of novel data acquisition systems and first measurements of heavy quark (b and top) production including the first evidence for the top quark. He also led the development of new flavour-tagging techniques and the first measurement of a fundamental charge-parity parameter (sin2ß) in a hadron collider experiment, initiating a rich program of B physics at the Tevatron in subsequent years.

Professional positions

Senior Scientist, CERN
Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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