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Andrew Larkoski

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Reed College
email: larkoski _AT_
office: Physics 124
phone: 503-517-4864

Curriculum Vitae


I am a theoretical particle physicist with interests in the physics of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). My research focuses on understanding and modeling jets, which are high-energy collimated streams of particles. Jets are the manifestation of the strong force, quantum chromodynamics, in the highest energy proton collisions at the LHC. Much of my work has been in the development and predictions of observables for probing the substructure of jets. These are fascinating objects and studying them teaches us an enormous amount about fundamental physics!

You can find a list of my papers here: Inspire


Spring 2020: Physics 342, Quantum Mechanics I

Fall 2019, Fall 2020: Physics 101, General Physics I

Spring 2017, Spring 2019: Physics 366, Elementary Particle Physics

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019: Physics 367, Computational Methods

Fall 2018: Physics 411, General Relativity

Particle Physics Textbook

I wrote a textbook on particle physics appropriate for late undergraduate/early graduate students, published by Cambridge University Press. The book attempts to be a modern, intuitive approach to particle physics, focusing on symmetries and their consequences for the fundamental forces most relevant for particle physics, the strong and weak forces. Exercises and examples utilize results from the LHC, LEP, IceCube, Daya Bay, and other contemporary particle physics experiments.

You can order the book directly from Cambridge and on Amazon.

Review at CERN Courier


Links to Recent Talks

Hadron Collider Physics Summer School 2020
Snowmass CompF3 Workshop
SLAC Seminar
KEK Theory Workshop
IPMU Seminar
Oxford Seminar
TRIUMF Colloquium


Courses We'd Love to Take, Physics 366, Reed Magazine, Sept. 13, 2018
Piece on Wu-Ki Tung Award, Reed Magazine, Jan. 31, 2018
Piece on CMS Open Data Analysis, MIT News, Sept. 29, 2017
Piece on my student Kaustuv Datta's thesis, Reed Magazine, Sept. 6, 2017
Op-Ed in San Jose Mercury News, April 7, 2011



LEP Measurements Database