Professor Peter Jones


I work in the field of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions. I am a former member of the NA36 and NA49 collaborations at CERN and the STAR collaboration at RHIC. I am currently a member of the ALICE collaboration at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.
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My current teaching duties include:

  • Y2 Quantum Mechanics
  • Y3 Nuclear Laboratory
  • Y3 Supervisions
  • Y4 Project Supervisor
  • Y3/4 Critique Marker
  • MSc Numerical Analysis


I was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham in 1992 for my work on strange particle production in one of the first experiments to study heavy ion collisions at the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron. After completing my PhD I became a research fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California where I contributed to the conceptual design of a Time Project Chamber for the STAR experiment at the Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Upon returning to Birmingham I played a leading role in the NA49 experiment, which studied Pb-Pb collisions at CERN. I was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 1996 and, subsequently, was appointed to a lectureship in 2001. During my Advanced Fellowship I continued my involvement in the STAR experiment. I chaired the experiment's Strangeness Physics Working Group (1996-2001), chaired its Talks Committee (2004-2007) and served on its scientific Advisory Board. My research focussed on the enhancement of strange particles and the suppression of high transverse momentum hadrons as signatures of deconfined phase of nuclear matter - a quark-gluon plasma. Since 2007 I have been a member of the ALICE collaboration at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, which aims to explore the properties of this new phase of matter.

I was a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) from 2007-2011 serving as the Panel's chair from 2009-2011. I currently serve as a non-core member of STFC's Science Board.

Peter Jones

Professor of Nuclear Physics

+44 (0)121 414 4677
Room 306, Physics East