William Ford Portrait
Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Professor Ford is an experimentalist in elementary particle physics. He currently collaborates with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment operating at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Switzerland. The goals of this research are to elucidate the elementary interactions of quarks and leptons. The highlight to date is the 2012 discovery jointly by CMS and ATLAS of the Higgs boson. Working in collaboration with CU faculty colleagues and the group's undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs he investigates heavy-flavored multi-jet signatures for new particles, such as those predicted by the SuperSymmetry theory. The group's detector efforts center mainly on tracking devices, specifically the CMS silicon pixel and strip detectors. Physics interests over the years include weak interaction properties as measured by neutrino interactions, and by the lifetimes, branching fractions, and decay dynamics of weakly decaying particles.

Professor Ford was a recipient of the 2006 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize awarded by the American Physical Society.

Selected Publications

  1. "Measurement of Rates for Muonless Deep Inelastic Neutrino and Antineutrino Interactions", HPWF collaboration; B. Aubert et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 32, 1457 (1974).
  2. "Lifetime of Particles Containing b Quarks", MAC collaboration; E. Fernandez et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 51, 1022 (1983).
  3. "Measurement of time dependent CP asymmetry parameters in B0 meson decays to omega K0S, eta'K0, and pi0K0S", BABAR Collaboration, B. Aubert et al., Phys. Rev. D 79, 052003 (2009), arXiv:0809.1174.
  4. "Search for supersymmetry in proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV in final states with jets and missing transverse momentum", CMS Collaboration, JHEP 10 (2019) 244, arXiv:1908.04722.