Philip C. Schuster
2015 New Horizons Prize in Fundamental Physics
For pioneering the "simplified models" framework for new physics searches at the Large Hadron Collider, as well as spearheading new experimental searches for dark sectors using high-intensity electron beams.
I’m still amazed that we can figure out how the Universe works, often in surprising ways, by exploring nature in the lab or on paper. Just as amazing is being able to share that adventure with so many incredible people! I’ve been especially lucky in that regard, and the work recognized by this prize was only possible with the support and participation of many colleagues and friends, too many to name. I owe special thanks to my PhD advisor Nima Arkani-Hamed, as well as the UC Santa Barbara LHC group for the incredible experience of working with them closely for over a year after graduate school. As a postdoc, I benefited immeasurably from the support and guidance of James Bjorken, Michael Peskin, and Jay Wacker among many others. My close collaborators (more like extended family) Rouven Essig and Bogdan Wojtsekhowski, the entire HPS group, and so many awesome can-do physicists at Jefferson Lab, SLAC, Europe, and elsewhere deserve much of the credit for this prize. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have the continual and unconditional support of my parents and brother, and the unusual fun and privilege of sharing everything in my life, including this prize, with my wife Natalia.