Ian Moult

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Assistant Professor of Physics
Research Areas: 
Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
Biographical Sketch: 
Professor Moult obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia in 2011, and his Ph.D in theoretical particle physics from MIT in 2016. He was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley/ LBL (2016-2019) and SLAC/ Stanford (2019-2021) before joining the Yale Physics Department in 2021.


Research : 

Professor Moult’s research is focused on developing new techniques in quantum field theory for describing high energy particle physics experiments, ranging from Dark Matter detection to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). A common theme in his work is the use of Effective Field Theories, which allow calculations relevant for complicated real world experiments to be reduced to simpler, universal problems in quantum field theory.

In addition to the development of new theoretical frameworks, Professor Moult is also interested in exploiting theoretical advances to enable innovative new experimental strategies. Most recently, he has played a leading role in the development of Jet Substructure, which takes advantage of subtle patterns in the structure of energy flow in collisions at the LHC to maximize the discovery potential for new physics, and to better understand the theory of the strong interactions.

Ph.D. 2016 MIT