James L. Pinfold


Phone: 780 492 2498
Email: Email Me
Department: Physics - Area: Particle Physics
Office: CCIS 2 - 099
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2R3


BSc (Hons) 1972.   Imperial College of Science & Technology, London, England
Associate of the Royal College of Science (A.R.C.S.) 1972
PhD (1977) University College London – on the Discovery of Neutral Currents
RAs at CERN in Switzerland, and Fermilab, near Chicago (1977-1989)
Spokesman for the WA88 Experiment on the CERN PS, Switzerland (1987-1988).
Spokesman of the MODAL Experiment at the Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP), CERN, Switzerland  (1987-1992)
Associate Professor Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (1989-1992)
Associate Professor University of Alberta (1992-1996)
Director of the Centre for Subatomic Research (1995-2004)
Professor of Physics, University of Alberta (1996 to present)
Spokesman for the MoEDAL Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (1998 to present)
A co-spokesman for the SLIM Experiment at Mt Chacaltaya, Bolivia (1998 to present)
Deputy Spokesman for ATLAS-Canada, Canada (2000-2002).
Visiting Professor at King's College London, England (2005 to present)
Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation Award, Alberta, 2007
McCalla Professorship, University of Alberta (2009).
Leverhulme Foundation Award, United Kingdom (2009)
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Award (2010)
Killam Professorship, University of Alberta (2013)
Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada – FRSC (2013)

Research Interests:

My research interests are in the fundamental nature of space, time and matter as revealed by the study of the high-energy quantum particle universe.  Predominantly, this involves enquiring into the fundamental nature of matter at the highest energy, discovery, frontier defined by accelerator and astroparticle physics and how the synergies between these two fields lead to an understanding of the Cosmology of the early Universe.

To this end, on the particle physics front, I have a continuing, career-long association with the European Centre for Nuclear (Particle) Physics (CERN) in Switzerland and with FERMILAB and the TEVATRON, near Chicago. I am currently concentrating my effort on the Large Hadron Collider where I am a founding member of the ATLAS experiment and the spokesman for the MoEDAL experiment.

On the astroparticle physics front, I am a co-spokesman of the SLIM experiment that took data at the Chacaltaya High Altitude Laboratory in Bolivia and am starting an association with IceCube (PINGU)  Neutrino Laboratory in Antarctica.


I have authored or co-authored 855 citeable publications that have obtained over 52,475 ciations with an h-index of 100. Five important publications are listed below:

1) "Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC", ATLAS Collaboration,  Jul 2012. 24 pp. Phys. Lett.  B716 (2012) 1-29.  Discovery of the Higgs boson. Cited by 2756 records.

2) " Search for Elastic νμ Electron Scattering", the Gargamelle Collaboration, Phys.Lett. B46 (1973) 121-124. Discovery of the neutral current – the first hard evidence for the Electrweak Standard Model. Cited by 661 records.

3) "Search for the standard model Higgs boson at LEP", LEP Working Group for Higgs boson searches and ALEPH and DELPHI and L3 and OPAL Collaborations, Phys. Lett.  B565 (2003) 61-75 .– Role: leadership of the OPAL neural network based search for the Standard model Higgs boson. Cited by 2076 records.

4) "The ATLAS Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider",  ATLAS Collaboration, 2008. 437 pp. JINST 3 (2008) S08003.  I am ma founding member of the ATLAS experiment and made leading contributions to four ATLAS  detector systems. Cited by 2591 records.

5) " Precision electroweak measurements on the Z resonance",  ALEPH and DELPHI and L3 and OPAL and SLD and LEP Electroweak Working Group and SLD Electroweak Group and SLD Heavy Flavour Group Collaborations. Sep 2005. 302 pp. Phys. Rept. 427 (2006) 257-454. These measurements  led to the discovery that there are only three generations of light neutrinos. Cited by 970 records,.