Ben Carlson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

Office Location

WH 324

Office Available

Tues: 12 - 1 pm, Wed: 2 -3 pm, Thur: 1-2 pm


Experimental Particle Physics


Ben earned his Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Mellon in 2015. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh until 2021, when he joined the Westmont faculty. His area of research is experimental high energy physics, and he works on the ATLAS experiment in Geneva Switzerland. In particular, he looks for hints of new particles in decays of the Higgs boson. Ben also works on the ATLAS trigger system, which determines which collisions should be saved in a fraction of a second.