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Dr. Kenichi Hatakeyama

Associate Professor of Physics


Ph.D. Physics Rockefeller University 2003 (Advisor: K. Goulianos)
M.Sc. Physics Waseda University 1998
B.Sc. Physics Waseda University 1996


Associate Professor Baylor University 2015 -
Assistant Professor Baylor University 2009 - 2015
Postdoctoral Research Associate Rockefeller University 2003 - 2009


Dr. Hatakeyama was an undergraduate student at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1996. He earned also his Master's degree from Waseda University in 1998. He then joined the Rockefeller University, and earned his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003. He served as a postdoctoral research associate at Rockefeller University until 2009. Dr. Hatakeyama joined the Baylor faculty as an assistant professor in the summer of 2009, where he continues his research in experimental high energy physics (HEP).

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Hatakeyama's research is in experimental high energy physics, and has worked on the CDF experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Illinois for about 15 years with an emphasis on precision measurement of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and searches for physics beyond the standard model.

After coming to Baylor, the focus of his research moved to physics with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. He worked on making a Baylor high energy physics group as a member of the CMS experiment, one of the major experiments at the LHC, and Baylor became an official member institution of the CMS experiment in summer 2010. Since then, the Baylor group has been conducting research with the CMS experiment vigorously and worked on several searches for Supersymmetry (inclusive Supersymmetry searches in the multijets + large missing transverse moment final state and Supersymmetric top quark search in all hadronic channel) and precision QCD measurements. The Baylor group has also made a significant contribution to establishing hadron calorimeter detecotor performance studies, simulation, and upgrades.

From 2009 to 2010, he led the data quality monitoring and physics validation of jets and missing Et in the CMS experiment, and from 2011 until 2013 he served as a convener of the CMS MET working group. From 2013 until 2015, he led the CMS SUSY future analysis group. He was a CMS LPC senior distinguished researcher in 2013 and 2016. Currently he serves as a CMS hadron calorimeter data performance group co-leader, and preparing for the data collection in 2018 and beyond with the evolving CMS hadron calorimeter system.

The LHC has already marked a major discovery, which is the discovery of the Higgs-like boson; however, it has a great potential to produce more exciting physics results in the coming years of the LHC operation with higher beam energy and intensity and the upgraded CMS detector. He is expecting that he will find some signature of physics beyond the Standard Model in the upcoming CMS experiment data taking with 2000 collaborators.

Experimental Particle Physics at Baylor

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN
Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) Collaboration

Courses Taught

PHY 1420 Honors - Honors General Physics I
PHY 1420 - General Physics I
PHY 2350 - Modern Physics
HON 3101 - Advanced Readings & Research
PHY 3330 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 3372 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 3V95 - Undergraduate Research in Physics
PHY 4373 - Introductory Nuclear and Particle Physics
HON 4V87 - Honors Thesis
PHY 5180 - Graduate Physics Colloquium
PHY 5V95 - Graduate Research
PHY 5V99 - Thesis
PHY 6372 - Elementary Particle Physics
PHY 6V99 - Dissertation


Hongxuan Liu (current): CMS LPC distinguished researcher, 2014 & 2015
Zhenbin Wu (past)

Graduate Student(s)

Ken Call (current)
Chris Madrid (current)
Ahmad Borzou (past)
Kranti Gunthoti (past)
Tara Scarborough (past)

Undergraduate Student(s)

John Lawrence (current)
Forrest Phillips (past)
Evan Bauer (past)
Cameron Buescher (past)

Grants Funded

Department of Energy Funding, 2012-2020


CMS LPC senior distinguished researcher 2013 & 2016

Selected Publications

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