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Sara Dawson

Research Staff 7 Physics, High Energy Theory, Physics Department

Sara Dawson

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Physics Department
Bldg. 510A
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-3854

Research | Education | Appointments | Publications | Awards

Research Activities

My research focuses on theoretical issues in Higgs and collider physics, along with precision calculations for the LHC.

I am a leader of the Higgs Properties Working Group for Snowmass, 2022, and also a leader of the LHC-EFT Working Group (2020-present).


Ph.D. 1981, Harvard University; MS. 1978, Harvard University; BS. 1977, Duke University

Professional Appointments

2020-present, High Energy Theory Group Leader, BNL

2008-present, Senior Scientist, BNL

2005-2007, Chair, Physics Deparment, BNL

2001-present, Adjunct Professor, Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stony Brook University

1986-2008, Assistant/Associate/Physicist, BNL

1983-1986, Research Associate, LBNL

1981-1983, Research Associate, Fermilab

Selected Publications

  • Dawson S (1985) The effective W approximation. Nuclear Physics B 249:42–60. doi: 10.1016/0550-3213(85)90038-0
  • Nason P, Dawson S, Ellis RK (1988) The total cross section for the production of heavy quarks in hadronic collisions. Nuclear Physics B 303:607–633. doi: 10.1016/0550-3213(88)90422-1
  • Dawson S (1991) Radiative corrections to Higgs boson production. Nuclear Physics B 359:283–300. doi: 10.1016/0550-3213(91)90061-2
  • Dawson S, Dittmaier S, Spira M (1998) Neutral Higgs-boson pair production at hadron colliders: QCD corrections. Physical Review D. doi: 10.1103/physrevd.58.115012
  • Dawson S, Jackson C, Orr LH, Reina L, Wackeroth D (2003) Associated Higgs boson production with top quarks at the CERN Large Hadron Collider: NLO QCD corrections. Physical Review D. doi: 10.1103/physrevd.68.034022
  • Dawson S, Furlan E (2012) A Higgs conundrum with vector fermions. Physical Review D. doi: 10.1103/physrevd.86.015021
  • Baglio J, Dawson S, Lewis IM (2017) NLO QCD effective field theory analysis of W+W− production at the LHC including fermionic operators. Physical Review D. doi: 10.1103/physrevd.96.073003
  • Dawson S, Englert C, Plehn T (2019) Higgs physics: It ain't over till it is over. Physics Reports 816:1–85. doi: 10.1016/j.physrep.2019.05.001

Awards & Recognition

2020, Honorary Doctorate, Heidelberg University, Germany

2019, DOE Distinguished Scientist Fellowship

2019, Julius Wess Prize, Karlsruch Institute of Technology, Germany

2017, Sakurai Prize, APS

2015, Humboldt Fellowship

2014, Ben Lee Fellow, Fermilab

2006, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

1995, Fellow of the American Physical Society

Sara Dawson

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Physics Department
Bldg. 510A
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-3854

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