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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology


Email: frank.krauss[AT]durham.ac.uk

Brief Curriculum Vitae

  • since 2006: at IPPP Durham
  • 2003-2006: Junior Professor at TU Dresden
  • 2002-2003: Postdoc at CERN
  • 2000-2001: Postdoc at Cavendish Lab, Cambridge, UK
  • 1999-2000: Postdoc at Technion, Haifa, Israel
  • 1994-1998: PhD student at TU Dresden, supervised by Gerhard Soff
  • 1988-1994: Undergraduate at TH Darmstadt, thesis supervised by Thorsten Ohl and Thomas Mannel



My research interests are in the field of high-energy physics phenomenology. For those not too much into physics at all: High-energy physics is the subject where large machines (i.e. colliders and/or detectors) are involved to investigate the behaviour of very tiny things (i.e. particles) at smallest distances. Phenomenology deals with what really happens at such machines. In practice this means that I'm not carrying out research about rather abstract things like the "Theory of everything", "Superstrings" or the like that aim to explain what the ultimate structure of matter looks like. Instead I continue trying to describe in sufficient detail what is going on when particles are smashed into each other. I hope this helps to facilitate spectacular and fascinating discoveries. At the moment I live up to my interests by spending a good amount of my research time for the construction of a large piece of computer code that aims at simulating how particles are created when electrons, protons, or photons react with each other at very high energies. Such computer codes are called event generators because this is what they do: They generate - based on probabilities that can be calculated - individual events as they occur in reality at the experiments. Our event generator is called SHERPA (acronym for Simulation for High Energy Reactions of PArticels), its homepage is here. Of course, a number of other people are also involved in SHERPA. To be more specific (and more for the specialists), here are my current research topics:

  • better description of perturbative QCD radiation (parton showers and their connection to the hard subprocess -- by now this can be done at next-to leading order accuracy in Sherpa
  • automatic calculation for multi-leg processes in - nearly arbitrary - models (matrix element generation and phase spacing)
  • the interface to non-perturbative QCD (fragmentation of the partons into colourless hadrons)
  • multiple parton interactions and the structure of hadrons
  • (new) physics at collider experiments


Listing from SLAC Spires

Recent Talks

Academic training

Selected academic lectures on phenomenology at collider experiments, Monte Carlo event generators etc.:

Teaching: Undergraduate and postgraduate lectures

Current lectures in Durham

  • None at the moment.

Past lectures in Durham

Past lectures (in Dresden)

Past and current PhD students

  • Davide Napoletano
  • Robin Linten
  • Silvan Kuttimalai
  • Jennifer Thompson (PhD 2015, Durham, now postdoc in Goettingen
  • Oliver Hall (PhD 2013, Durham, now in private sector)
  • Jennifer Archibald (PhD 2011, Durham, now private sector)
  • Frank Siegert (PhD 2010, Durham, postdoc at Freiburg, now junior group leader at TU Dresden)
  • Stefan Hoeche (PhD 2008, Durham, postdocs at U Zurich, SLAC, now tenured at SLAC)
  • Jan Winter (PhD 2008, Dresden, postdocs at Fermilab, CERN, MPI Munich, now at MSU Michigan)
  • Tanju Gleisberg (PhD 2008, Dresden, postdoc at SLAC, now private sector)
  • Steffen Schumann (PhD 2007, Dresden, postdocs at Edinburgh, Heidelberg, now tenure track professor in Goettingen)
  • Andreas Schaelicke (PhD 2005, Dresden, postdocs at DESY-Zeuthen, Edinburgh)
  • Ralf Kuhn (PhD 2002, Dresden, now private sector)

Outreach lecture (last)