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Nicholas Kurti Senior Research Fellow in Physics
Fellow of the Institute of Physics


BSc (Pavia), MSc (Syracuse), PhD (Syracuse), FInstP

Academic Background and Previous Positions

Professor Bortoletto joined the Physics Department of the University of Oxford in 2013. Before this she was the E. M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics at Purdue University.

Research Interests

Professor Bortoletto is an experimental particle physicist working in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva Switzerland. She was a member of the team that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. The LHC has now restarted operation and reached energies of 13 TeV. She is using this data to study the properties of the recently discovered Higgs Boson, including its possible couplings to dark matter particles.  She is also searching for higher mass Higgs-like particles.  In addition, she is participating in the upgrade of the ATLAS inner tracking system that will be needed by 2022 when the collision rate of the LHC will increase by a factor of 5 above the value for which the experiment was originally designed.


“Constraints on the Higgs boson width from off-shell production and decay to Z-boson pairs”, The CMS Collaboration, Phys. Lett. B736 64 (2014).

“The Importance of Silicon Detectors for the Higgs Boson Discovery and the Study of its Properties”, D. Bortoletto, Mod. Phys. Lett. A29 (2014).

“Search for a standard-model-like Higgs boson with a mass in the range 145 to 1000 GeV at the LHC”, Eur. Phys. J. C73, 2469, (2013)

“Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC”, The CMS Collaboration, Phys. Lett.  B 716, 30 (2012).

“Pre- and post-irradiation performance of FBK 3D silicon pixel detectors for CMS”, A. Krzywda et al. Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A763, 404 (2014).


Chair of the FNAL Program Advisory Committee (2014)
Fellow, Institute of Physics (Elected 2015)
Fellow, American Association Advancement of Science (Elected 2013)
Fellow, American Physical Society (Elected 2004)
Alfred P. Sloan fellow (1994-1996)

The Fellowship: Interviewed

Detecting the Tiniest Things in the Universe

Click here to read an interview with Professor Bortoletto by Olivia Gordon from Oxford Today


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